Analysis on Allen Ginsberg’s “America”

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“America” by Allen Ginsberg was written in a very trying time, right after World War II and at the beginning of the Cold War. This was a time of controversy and taking a stand for personal beliefs, and Ginsberg did just that. Although America has been known by many as “the best country” and the country most accepting of other ethnicities, Allen Ginsberg shows that Americans are not all accepting and as good as many people believe. America, just like every country has had its problems and flaws, leading to many people being angry or upset with their nation. Ginsberg, by irregular meter, scattered and spontaneous thoughts, roller coaster emotions, and personified countries, shows the dark side of America and Americans, specifically focusing …show more content…
Ginsberg admitting to his history with communist teaching, such as Marx, supports his bold confessions and proclaims that he will not pray about it or ask for forgiveness, even though many other Americans would. He is confident and unapologetic; he has flaws, along with the country, but he is not ashamed of them or trying to hide them, while he believes many Americans are in denial about national and personal problems. The speaker tries multiple times to address and condemn America, but realizes it is himself that he is addressing. He is American, and he is America. He refers to Time Magazine (ll. 41-50) and the toll it has on Americans, and then realizes it affects him as well. The emotions of the country are highly affected by what is printed in the magazine, which he finds flaw in, but then admits that he is captivated by the magazine as well, he “reads it every week,” (line 44). The poem from this point on switches off between America and the speaker being identified as two things and a united body. The speaker’s view on America shifts from talking to it, being part of it, and ridiculing it for political and military relations. Through this, America and other countries are personified, using pronouns such as his and her, which makes the poem like a conversation. He is speaking to America like a person and talking of its wars with other countries like a fight between teenage friends. His language in this
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