The Similarities of Writting Style in Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” and Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl”

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Throughout time there have been many writers and poets. And with these many writers and poets their work has been different in what they write about. And their work has made an impact on society and on others. And yet in this time some writers have influenced the work of others. Walt Whitman and Allen Ginsberg who are separated by a time gap have a kind of connection. Both of these amazing writers wrote pieces of work that are considered a catalyst for the Beat Generation. These two courageous writers went against the norm and wrote about something different. Although they are different they both explored new topics. Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” and Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” have similarities right from the first page. The first thing that they both have in common is the structure of their work. Both “Howl” and “Song of Myself” have long lines and they keep like that. Having these long lines makes the story flow. Doing this in these two works made it have some kind of steady rhythm so it was easy to read. Also another similarity Whitman had on Ginsberg was at the beginning of each sentence. In “Howl” the beginning would always start with “who”. In “Song of Myself” the first word of the line is “Nor.” This would be happening quite often. Ginsberg and Whitman both wrote about topics against what other writers would talk about. Whitman would write about sexuality/the human body and it scared off some of his readers. For example in “Song of Myself” on page 28-29:

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