Ginsberg and McClure poems - Courtney Morris 12 October...

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Courtney Morris 12 October 2009 Belgrad AMS 2030 Discussion Questions for poems by Ginsberg and McClure (1) Ginsberg’s “America” is a dialogical poem. That means that he is talking to America and America is talking to him. Where does the poem switch from one speaker to another? Are there any places where it’s ambiguous which voice is speaking? Allen Ginsberg’s poem, “America” first starts out with a man writing, or speaking, to America about how upset he has become with America. He seems very hostile and unhappy with the way it is running. He disagrees with America’s views and states that “America I used to be a communist when I was a kid and I’m not sorry.” Then, the poem switches, and it ends up that America is actually speaking to itself. Ginsberg’s poem is split up into three different sections, and halfway through the poem, in the third section, it is recognized that the person speaking to America was actually America itself. Towards the end of the poem it seems that it is ambiguous which voice is speaking. I
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