Analysis Of The Poem ' Howl ' By Allen Ginsberg Essay

981 Words Oct 31st, 2014 4 Pages
Howl The standard types of poems out there in the world doesn’t really define poetry but points it to a certain direction, from haiku to slam poetry to Shakespearean. The list could go on of the many types of poetry. Poetry was a way to tell stories or exaggerate cultural events. The poem “Howl”, written by Allen Ginsberg was written in the 1950’s and captures the many struggles in life that many people were experiencing during this time. There is no clear indication as to exactly what the poem was referencing to, but the reader can inference that the poem’s purpose was to rant about all the world’s wrongdoings – politically, socially, and economically. Especially focusing on America’s, Ginsberg expresses his discontent and disgust at the world and where it was heading. In the poem “Howl”, Ginsberg conveys the hardships, the struggles, and the horrors that were occurring throughout his journey of isolation by using rhythm and momentum in three different parts. Not every strophe in Part I start with “who,” but the momentum created by the existing “whos” is so strong that the rhythm is never lost. On the contrary, it escalates as one reads along. This is due to the density of the language within the strophes. A good example of that density (also achieved by using alliteration) is found towards the end of part I, after a stretch of 45 strophes starting with “who”. “And who were given instead the concrete void of insulin/Metrazol/ electricity hydrotherapy psycho-therapy…
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