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Howl and Other Poems Preface Though I enjoyed this book as a whole, the focus this evening will be on Howl Why this one alone Simply put, I am writing these jumbled thoughts as a dedication to a friend Rather, I am dedicating this to a cluster of friends, each of whom have chosen, in one form or another, to leave this earthly plain and shatter vehemently into oblivion Suffice it to say that this series of words and interpretations will be highly personal, and therefore guided by inflated emotions which have for Preface Though I enjoyed this book as a whole, the focus this evening will be on Howl Why this one alone Simply put, I am writing these jumbled thoughts as a dedication to a friend Rather, I am dedicating this to a cluster of friends, each of whom have chosen, in one form or another, to leave this earthly plain and shatter vehemently into oblivion Suffice it to say that this series of words and interpretations will be highly personal, and You will not like this Like we use to say, vengan de a uno.So, Howl My rating is based mostly on my experience with that long poem.I admire any work filled with sincerity and lyrically intense lines when found Powerful, raw images that expose an unknown world I understand this book s historical context and what it represented at the time storming in with a breath of fresh air, breaking the mold and dealing with some themes and views I also agree with Well, except for the endless refere You will not like this Like we use to say, vengan de a uno.So, Howl My rating is based mostly on my experience with that long poem.I admire any work filled with sincerity and lyrically intense lines when found Powerful, raw images that expose an unknown world I understand this book s historical context and what it represented at the time storming in with a breath of fresh air, breaking the mold and dealing with some themes and views I also agree with Well, except for the endless references to drug abuse and alcohol, regarded, through the Allen Ginsberg, a sad and lonely man, wrote this to impress Kerouac, another sad and lonely man Over the years, a lot of sad and lonely people haven t gotten over the how much that first fucking line resonates with them The Muddled, addled and overrated In fact, any rating, even a single star or half moon, is too much for this amateur hour of a poem It might have played well when shouted out to a roomful of arrogant drunks, but on the page it droops, it teeters under the weight of all of those ungainly adjectivies and finally collapses in a fog of its own flatulance I saw the best minds of my generation ignore this long, long limerick Now, only nostalgists and know naughts still cling to its pages of ill repu Muddled, addled and overrated In fact, any rating, even a single star or half moon, is too much for this amateur hour of a poem It might have played well when shouted out to a roomful of arrogant drunks, but on the page it Nothing like a bit of controversy to keep the establishment ticking over, and in Howl it s easy to see why as this was seen as a shocking and powerful piece of obscenity in the eyes of some, but for manyit s viewed as a celebrated manifesto of great importance for the beat Generation of t My god.Reading Howl was like getting stuck for an hour in the brain of a rebellious, pubescent, sexist loudmouth Between every sentence transpires the hubris of being THE NEW POET, and of being A COOL OUTCAST, and a member of that little BOYS CLUB Ginsberg brings up again and again although it weakens his writing every time There s a faint, insufferable music of puerility behind it all most notably when Ginsberg brings up constantly the names of his famous friends, brings down women and ew My god.Reading Howl was like getting stuck for an hour in the brain of a rebellious, pubescent, sexist loudmouth Between every sentence transpires the hubris of being THE NEW POET, and of being A COOL OUTCAST, and a member of that little BOYS CLUB Ginsberg brings up again and again although it weakens his writing every time There s a faint, insufferable music of puerility behind it all most notably when Ginsberg brings up constantly the names of his famous friends, brings down women and ew vaginas, and of course relapses into phallic metaphors every two pages Love child of an angsty teen, a 1950 s jock and a wannabe anarchist, the book is always on the verge of being good, always grazing brilliance for a word or two, for a verse or two, and then back to complacent, biographical, drunken mediocrity.I heard so much about his poetry I heard so much about the Beats Generation My bookstore has a special, swagger section just for them pretty boys, you know TheI read I feel similar ways about Allen Ginsberg and Adele While I appreciate the skill behind both of their work, I find both of their material overwrought, contrary to popular opinion Yes, I see how Ginsberg s poetry revolted against oppressive forces and mainstream, heteronormative America Its lack of style The Prophetic Poem That Launched A Generation When It Was First Published In 1956 Is Here Presented In A Commemorative Fortieth Anniversary Edition.When The Book Arrived From Its British Printers, It Was Seized Almost Immediately By U.S Customs, And Shortly Thereafter The San Francisco Police Arrested Its Publisher And Editor, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Together With City Lights Bookstore Manager Shigeyoshi Murao The Two Of Them Were Charged With Disseminating Obscene Literature, And The Case Went To Trial In The Municipal Court Of Judge Clayton Horn A Parade Of Distinguished Literary And Academic Witnesses Persuaded The Judge That The Title Poem Was Indeed Not Obscene And That It Had Redeeming Social Significance Thus Was Howl Other Poems Freed To Become The Single Most Influential Poetic Work Of The Post World War II Era, With Over 900,000 Copies Now In Print. I had goosebumps while reading Howl It s like nothing I have ever read HowlI saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, draggin themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix, angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dinamo in the machinery of night Me pregunto Qui n no habr le do las primeras l neas de Aullido Un poema que influenci ampliamente la poes a norteamericana del siglo XXI, creado y disfrutado m s recitado que le do , pero que sobre todas las co HowlI saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, draggin themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix, angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dinamo in the machinery of night Me pregunto Qui n no habr le do las primeras l neas de Aullido Un poema que influenci ampliamente la poes a norteamericana del siglo XXI, creado y disfrutado m s recitado que le do , pero que sobre todas las cosas es tremendamente ego sta y socialmente masiva Para Allen todo se trata de su c rculo, de aquellos con los que convivi y cu les fueron sus experiencias, se alej


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