Study Guide - Lecture #23

Study Guide - Lecture #23 - STUDY GUIDE FOR LECTURE#23 WEEK...

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S TUDY G UIDE FOR L ECTURE #23 W EEK 14 Based on Prof. Collier’s lecture on Wednesday, November 28th you should be able to… Describe the major differences between the two recordings we heard of Allen Ginsberg reading “America.” How do the different performances impact our interpretation or appreciation of the poem? Identify features in “America” that seem to suggest Ginsberg’s membership in the avant- garde artistic community. Identify features in “America” that seem to reflect Ginsberg’s (and his fellow Beat poets Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs’) belief in: the power of the irrational and the derangement of the senses. Explain what Ginsberg’s statement “First thought – best thought” meant for him and for the Beat poets’ belief in the best way to compose a poem. Describe the key differences between Allen Ginsberg’s belief in the sanctity of the uncorrected draft and Dylan Thomas’s mode of constructing poetry. Be sure you have a sense of the cultural environment Ginsberg was reacting to (i.e. mass-
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