Howl | Study Guide

Allen Ginsberg

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Overview

Author

Allen Ginsberg

Year Published

1956

Type

Poem

Genre

Autobiography

Perspective and Narrator

"Howl" uses a first-person perspective; it is at least partly autobiographical, so the speaker is strongly identified with Ginsberg himself.

Tense

The first section of "Howl" is in past tense, and the second and third sections are mostly in the present tense with some use of the past tense.

About the Title

The title "Howl" suggests a howl of anger and distress, raging against a society that, according to Ginsberg, has abused the people he loved and destroyed the human in favor of the machine.

Summary

This study guide for Allen Ginsberg's Howl offers summary and analysis on themes, symbols, and other literary devices found in the text. Explore Course Hero's library of literature materials, including documents and Q&A pairs.

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