Kaddish Analysis - Womble 1 Natalie Womble ENGL 4355 Dr Jessop Kaddish Analysis Allen Ginsberg is one of the main Beat Generation writers from the 1950s

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Womble 1 Natalie Womble February 21, 2017 ENGL 4355 Dr. Jessop “Kaddish” Analysis Allen Ginsberg is one of the main Beat Generation writers from the 1950’s. Ginsberg wrote “Kaddish” three years after his mother’s death in 1956. He based his poem off the Hebrew Kaddish, which was a prescribed prayer for the dead and read by men from the family. This prayer is said to help people escape purgatory. Allen Ginsberg used this as the inspiration for “Kaddish”, but he also showed a different writing style in the Beat Generation. The poem “Kaddish” showed a more emotional and intense perspective from Ginsberg. This poem reveals Ginsberg’s need to be released the guilt of his mother’s death, his own confrontation with death, and the swerve from normal beat writings from Ginsberg. Ginsberg did not show up to his mother’s funeral and because of their troubled relationship growing up Ginsberg wrote “Kaddish”. He felt guilty for not being there for her in her last days, but also because the Kaddish was not performed at her funeral. The opening lines of “Kaddish” really start the poem off perfect, “Strange now to think of you, gone without corsets or eyes, while I walk on the sunny pavement of Greenwich Village” [Gin92]. This

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