HOWL by Allen Ginsberg
In the book “HOWL” by Allen Ginsberg it critiques the society, culture and politics of time in which it was written. In many ways the poem “America” from the book HOWL offers the most direct critique in the book, drawing together a range of historical and political references and more “personal” element.
IN YOUR ESSAY, MAKE AN ARGUMENT THAT DESCRIBES GINSBERG OVERALL CRITIQUE OF AMERICA IN THIS POEM.
1. Support your argument with at least three direct citations from the poem. Be sure to use line breaks.
2. You don’t need to use a set number of the key terms, but think about how the poem is written, especially the tone: what the narrator sounds like.
3. Look up at least one historical reference [ event, person, cultural object] from the poem. Use the background information you find to support your argument. Think about why Ginsberg included this reference.DON’T CUT AND PASTE: DESCRIBE AND USE REFERENCE IN YOUR OWN WORDS. cite your source(s) on a work cited page. Wikipedia can work, but look at the source you’re using carefully.
DON’T USE SOURCES WITH NAMES LIKE GRADE SAVER, CLASS NOTES. LOOK AT ENCYCLOPEDIAS AND ARTICLES OR OTHER REFERENCE SOURCES.
HERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT CONSIDER: You don’t need to answer them all or in order, but think about them as you support you argument . Some questions you might consider:
1. Why does the narrator address “AMERICA” as if it was a person?
2. What kind of a relation does the narrator seem to have with his character?
3. How does Ginsberg blend the “personal” and the”political and why do you think he does this?
4. Ginsberg is writing in 1956.Why do you think he includes many references to historical events from earlier periods?
What is Ginsberg “for” What things about America does he think of in a positive way?