America - a country like Iraq it may not be as safe as we...

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Mr. Aaren Yandrich English 112 March 26, 2009 “America” The poem “America” by Allen Ginsberg conveys many emotions. His feelings are hostile and aggressive with such phrases as, “Go fuck yourself with your atom bomb.” Ginsberg provides many examples of his daily activities, for example smoking marijuana every chance he gets. He also states things he will not do like say the Lord’s Prayer. His attitude on life has changed because of the ongoing, disastrous events that take place in America. Ginsberg’s outlook becomes clear with the statement, “Its cover stares at me every time I slink past the corner candystore,” when he speaks of how he has become obsessed with Time Magazine. His underlying message is that America has become a scary place. This poem may convey a number of messages to each individual reader. To me, the message is that times are changing. While we Americans clearly do not live in a similar place to
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Unformatted text preview: a country like Iraq, it may not be as safe as we once thought. In addition, Ginsberg enlightens the readers that Americans should be scared, not only for their safety but for their futures. He writes, “Asia is rising against me. I haven’t got a chinaman’s chance.” This is becoming more evident as it has been discovered that China will soon become the number one English speaking country. If one word were to be changed in the poem “America,” such as “I” to “we” I am convinced that the message would be stronger. This can be proven by the following statement, “It's true we don't want to join the Army or turn lathes in precision parts.” “We” sounds powerful and authoritative. However, it would be inaccurate for Ginsberg to generalize all American’s beliefs and grouping them together with the word “we.”...
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