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amerlitinformal1 - 7 February 2008 Professor Jemey Green...

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7 February 2008 Professor Jemey Green ENGL 3665 Informal Response Ginsberg’s “Wichita Vortex Sutra” is a successful poem as a protest against the war in Vietnam through his powerful employment of imagery and innovative diction. Ginsberg frames the poem as an outsider looking in, assuming an isolated and voyeuristic view of the world. He says, “I come / lone man from the void…” He has come to Wichita with the purpose of commenting on the “vortex” of the war. The vortex implies a “whirling mass of existence”(dictionary.com) that comments on his attitude of America and its enemies playing a part in the “whirling mass” as the war continues. The detailed description of Wichita is meant to convey the American identity embodied in one place, Kansas. Wichita, in all of its simplicity is an accurate place that is “as American as apple pie” and is appropriate for discussion of America. By providing such descriptive language, he successfully creates an “us vs. them” relationship of
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