Ginsberg’s Howl is one of the major works of beat writing. This “beat” cultured centered around non-conformity and spontaneous creativity. As mentioned in the introduction of this work (p2591), Ginsberg’s Howl may have seemed spontaneous on the surface, however a closer look shows that the spontaneous nature rests on the “care and self-consciousness about rhythm and meter.” Below is a link to a reading by Ginsberg of Howl, I
I feel there is a lot to be gained by listening to this poem because so much of it is auditory. For example, in the first “movement,” I feel that the repetition of who creates a beat and almost a feeling of a beginning on a measure. In the second section I feel the repetition of “Moloch! creates a bass line for the rest of the poem to work off of. In the footnote, I see it as almost a variation of section II. Does listening to Ginsberg reading this poem help you hear an almost music to the poem, does it change how you read the poem?
Howel has some very dark images within it. Today in class we talked about whether or not there was a moral to the readings, do you feel that there is a moral to be found from Howl?
Despite the 100 year gap between Whitman and Ginsberg, there is a connection between both their writing styles and the themes of which they write. Our introduction gives Whitman credit for introducing Ginsberg to the long poetic line.It continues on to say that Ginsberg’s poetry is “a melancholy reminder of what has become, after a century of Whitman’s vision of American plenty” (2592). In what ways are Ginsberg’s vision and his poetic techniques similar to Whitman’s? In what ways does they differ?