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Carbajal1Brenda CarbajalProfessor SalcedoEnglish 2328May 1, 2017Cultural Analysis PaperThe poem “Howl” was written by Allen Ginsberg in 1955, and is based on the Beats generation. It talks about that times philosophy and social interpretation. The poem reminisces onwhat society and culture have done to the ones that have fallen into the conformity of the way American culture has turned out to be and politics from 1940’s to 1950’s. The poem goes on containing linguistic grandeur, rambling discussion, operatic catalogs, and obscene references. Madness is the main theme of this poem, it describes perfectly the prevailing culture’s time demolished the current generation. The poem represents a community that does not fit properly in a larger society that also brings forth a concern of multiple ethical concerns.Like any other poem, Ginsberg wants for the tittle to foreshadow what the poem will be about. Although there is one thing that the reader does not expect, for the poem to turn into a sonnet or an ode. Instead the reader is expecting for the poems theme to be disturbing, for it to contain dark images, and loud noises. In Howl, Ginsberg sought out to voice the arty energy of the Beats generation, resentment, and self-destruction. The Beats generation had imagined themselves to be not only oppressed but also concealing by the dominance of the American culture that appreciates conformism over opportunity and imaginative minds. When individuals from the generation howled, it had meant that the person had decided to break free from the
Carbajal2conformism to explore the principles and qualities of the American civilization and shows a countercultural visualization of an unrestricted manifestation.Howl, the title, expresses one of the central themes of the poem, madness. Usually howling is correlated with animals that howl to the moon, which represents a symbol Ginsberg wanted to present to his readers. Many of the individuals that were involved during the Beats generation were similar to animals. The animals were usually known for being wild all throughout the night in an underground club. They had always been wild and were only allowed outside at night into an underground club to witness and appreciate literature and jazz that were not well accepted by the cultured members of American society, therefore the moon symbolizes the madness going on. In a poetic and artistic term, howling at the moon meant that madness had been introduced into society and would no longer be overlooked anymore.Howlis known as being a unique poem, which it does not contain the traditional rhythm or meter compared to other poems. However, the poem Howlis very much similar to a stream of consciousness writing, as well as for an extended diatribe. Throughout the poem every line is unique in such a way that it is spoken in a single breath. In other words, the rhythm in the poem could mimic the sound of jazz music. This can closely be related to literature as well as jazz which was not accepted throughout American society. Ginsberg was successful enough to try and