Allen Ginsberg Essays & Research Papers

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  • Allen Ginsberg - 1001 Words
    English 101 1BC 11 June 2012 Allen Ginsberg to be honored on Postage Stamp Irwin Allen Ginsberg was born 3 June 1929, in Newark, New Jersey, the younger son of Louis Ginsberg, a high school English teacher and poet, and Naomi Levy Ginsberg. He was from a family of Jewish Russian immigrants (Morgan 4), his family had ties to the radical labor movement, his mother was insane, and he was a homosexual: four prescriptions in the conventional1940's and 1950's for a sense of deep alienation. Allen...
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  • Allen Ginsberg "America" - 1699 Words
    Allen Ginsberg “America” Allen Ginsberg wrote a poem called “America”. This poem is very long and typical of Ginsberg. He breaks the poem up into two stanzas with 40 lines in the first and 60 lines in the second. This poem is meant to be funny but at the same time talk about important events in American history. There is no rhyme scheme and is written in free verse, which is normal for Ginsberg’s poems. To truly understand this poem you need to know more about Allen Ginsberg himself....
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  • Howl by Allen Ginsberg - 1252 Words
    Nicole 815097199 English 220 Brooks 4 October 2012 Option B I saw the best minds of my generation, consumed by the hatred and temptation, roped in by the idea that theres no greater sensation, than picking up the needle without any contemplation, had an eight year full ride, he could of led a whole nation, sacrificed his love for music, to pawn his Gibson, get his fix and use it. If he could go back in time I wonder if he would still choose it. I saw the best minds of my...
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  • Allen Ginsberg Essay - 825 Words
    Danny Errichiello WRT-201-014 Process Essay 1 Most poems anyone reads will have imagery, symbolism, or metaphors. After reading the poems “God Bless America” by Sarah Jones (2000), “Facing West From California’s Shores” by Walt Whitman (1860), Allen Ginsberg’s “America” (1956), “Let America Be America Again” by Langston Hughes (1938), and Wislawa Szymborska’s “The Century’s Decline” (1986) I realized that even though they all talk about America , except Szymborska, the way they say it and...
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  • Works Cited on Allen Ginsberg
    Works Cited Research Guide to Biography & Criticism. 1990. Web. This edition reprints the original transcript of each poem by Allen Ginberg, also tells about his life and why he was the most famous living poet on earth. “Allen Ginsberg.” 2010. Gale. Web. 25 Sept. 2011 Shows all the works and awards he ever got and accomplished. “Allen Ginsberg.” Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia. 6. 1 July 2010. Web. Talks about a long poem by Ginsberg and how its attacking American values in the...
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  • Howl & Kaddish by Allen Ginsberg
    As you read the first lines of "Howl" and "Kaddish", the overall tone of the poem hits you right in the face. Allen Ginsberg, the poet, presents these two poems as complaints and injustices. He justifies these complaints in the pages that follow. Ginsberg also uses several literary techniques in these works to enhance the images for the reader. His own life experiences are mentioned in the poems, the majority of his works being somewhat biographical. It is said that Allen...
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  • Research Paper on Allen Ginsberg
    The Life of Allen Ginsberg Can a man who was not only gay but experimented with drugs be known as a great poet? Raised among many progressive political perspectives, communist supporters, a nudist mother and having been arrested as an accessory to crimes, Allen Ginsberg is not your typical writer. Many of his poems express his ideas on society and things that affect him personally, such as his mothers’ illness and his homosexuality. Throughout his writing career, he accomplished a lot,...
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  • Themes and Values: Allen Ginsberg
    Themes and Values of the Beat Generation As Expressed in Allen Ginsberg's Poetry Perhaps one of the most well known authors of the Beat Generation is a man we call Allen Ginsberg, who expresses the themes and values in his poetry. He was, in fact, the first Beat Writer to gain popular notice when he delivered a performance of his now famous poem, ıHowlġ, in October of 1955. The Beat Generation is typically described as a vision, not an idea and being hard to define. It is characterized as ıa...
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  • Allen Ginsberg, ¡§Howl¡¨ and the Literature of Protest
    BUNEA VALENTIN LEONARD GROUP 3A, ENGLISH-AMERICAN STUDIES ALLEN GINSBERG, ¡§HOWL¡¨ AND THE LITERATURE OF PROTEST Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) was an important figure in the Beat Generation Movement that took place right before the revolutionary American 60¡¦s. Other major beat writers (also called ¡§beatnicks¡¨) were: Gregory Corso, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs. The beat poetry was meant to be oral and very effective in readings. It developed out of poetry readings in underground...
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  • Allen Ginsberg, "Howl" Cultural Imapact
    Howl’s Explicit Language and Revolution “Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does.” Allen Ginsberg believed this wholly and based his means of poetry by what he said in this sentence. One cannot censor thoughts, just as one can’t censor expression. Ginsberg faced controversy for sexual content and profanities that he used in his poetry, but those were...
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  • America as Seen by Walt Whitman and Allen Ginsberg
    Whitman Vs. Ginsberg Often what one envisions for the future does not become reality. As humans, the tendency to establish high hopes and dreams is often met with change over time, both geographically and socially. This notion suggests that what one anticipates for the future inevitably becomes the furthest thing from reality. This is reinforced In Ginsberg’s “A Supermarket in California” as the future of America envisioned by Whitman in “Song of Myself” differentiates from the reality of...
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  • Many Loves: the Love Life of Allen Ginsberg
    Many Loves “Resolved to sing no songs henceforth but those of manly attachment” -Walt Whitman “Longing is a better muse than satisfaction”(1) says Regina Marler the author of ‘Queer Beat: How the Beats turned America onto sex’ and this is very true with regard to the nucleus of the generation which broke all rules of hegemonic, heterosexual, square society, a generation that questioned procreation itself, that regarded ‘manly love’ as the source of all enlightenment and divinity. Without...
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  • Allen Ginsberg, "A Supermarket in California" Literary Analysis
    Jasamyn Wimmer English 1B Professor Kleinman 5 March 2013 Brief Literary Analysis Lost America: An analysis of “A Supermarket in California” Allen Ginsberg; philosopher, activist, poet, a man highly revered as a groundbreaking figure between the 1950’s Beat Poetry Generation and the counter-cultural revolution of the 1960’s ( Ginsberg’s first book “Howl and Other Poems,” was published in 1955, his work was involved in an illustrious obscenity trial because of the use...
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  • Review and analysis of the poem "America" by Allen Ginsberg - written as a lecture, but is in essay format
    Allen Ginsberg has been credited "the single greatest influence on the American poetic voice since Whitman", by Bob Dylan himself, and Ginsberg would most probably agree, being his own biggest fan. "America" is typical of Allen Ginsberg in that it's increadibly long. Allen Ginsbergs poems are characteristically long winded and conversational- or monologual- quite unlike the usual style of a poem. He uses peoples full names, and often dedicates poems to specific people. He writes exactly what he...
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  • Comparison: Ginsberg, Frost, Eastwood
    COMPARISONS: 1) Allen Ginsberg’s poem: First Party at Ken Kesey’s with Hell’s Angels 2) Robert Frost’s poem: Acquainted with the Night 3) Clint Eastwood’s movie: Bird, based on Charlie Parker’s life There are many different elements in the 3 literary pieces above but in all there are similarities. For instance, there seems to be a pervading dismal and dark element throughout all the pieces. In Ginsberg’s poem, he mentions “tired souls hunched over”. He chose the word ‘soul’ as opposed...
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  • Howl: Beat Generation and Ginsberg
    The end of World War II brought with it the rise of beatnik poetry. A group of poets interested in the “sex, drugs, and rock and roll” aspect of poetry; beatniks were often rebellious in their writing and challenging of the “bourgeoisie” suburban culture that was dominant in post-war America. Of these poets, Allen Ginsberg used poetry to critique what he saw to be deficiencies of post-war America. These deficiencies are illuminated through his poetry in a way that shows how mainstream society...
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  • Theme in Howl by Allen Ginsburg
    Theme in “Howl” “Howl” by Allen Ginsburg has many distinctive themes. The most distinctive theme I found in the poem is that society does not see good people by who they are on the inside, but by how well they conform to the norm. Both the poem itself and the movie Howl help contribute evidence to this theme. The movie also helped me understand the poem with its images and audio. Evidence from the text that would allow me to arrive at this theme comes from every section of the poem. The...
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  • Analysis of Allen Ginsberg's "Howl"
    Rachel Weston English 125 November 30, 2009 Time, Terror, Heaven and Eternity Allen Ginsberg’s revolutionary poem, Howl, is a powerful portrayal of life degraded. It represents the harsh life of the beat generation and chronicles the struggles of the repressed. Howl is a poem of destruction. Destruction of mind, body, and soul through the oppression of the individual. Using powerful diction, Allen Ginsberg describes this abolition of life and its implications through our human...
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  • Allen Ginsberg's "A Supermarket in California"
    Allen Ginsberg's "A Supermarket in California" Presented much like a spontaneous journal or diary entry, Allen Ginsberg's "A Supermarket in California" is a complex and multifaceted poem that stands as an indictment against American government and culture. The opening lines of the poem forward the aforementioned journal-like quality and also present the central focal point of tension in the poem as a whole. The opening line specifically expresses a tone of wistfulness or even sadness: "What...
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  • Cultural and Historical Background of Allen Ginsberg’s 'Howl'
    Jessica Rendon Professor Kim Ballerini English 102 May 14, 2014 Cultural/Historical Background of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” Allen Ginsberg’s writing was a breakthrough for culture in the 1950’s, and still today his writing represents a lot of controversial issues in the United States. He strayed away from mainstream writing and allowed his poetry to be self-expressive, about human sexuality and politics. Some of the themes explored in “Howl” are stemmed from his upbringing, mostly his...
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  • Dislikes of the American Society and the Injustices in America in Allen Ginsberg's Poetry
    Dislikes of the American Society And the Injustices in America In Allen Ginsberg's Poetry By Matt Feeko Mrs. Juenger English 1 18 April 1999 Dislikes of the American Society And the Injustices in America In Allen Ginsberg's Poetry Allen Ginsberg started his infamous life as a revolutionary and poet of the beat generation when he began attending Colombia University. While at Colombia Ginsberg met...
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  • HOWL - 310 Words
    McKenna Conover August 19, 2009 John Rubio English 11 Howl In the poem “Howl” written by Allen Ginsberg evoked emotion and social awareness of the illness and madness of the people and the American society. Ginsberg’s poem is divided into three parts, and each part of the poem has a different kind of emotion and focus. This essay will be focusing on the different parts like sex, drugs, and misery. Also Ginsberg’s thoughts of society, and how he ends Howl in dramatic art expressing his...
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  • In The Poem We Real Cool
    In the poem “we real cool” by Gwendolyn Brooke, the speaker seems like a ferocious and high spirted person. The words like “left school and lurk late” helped in understanding they are wild. The words that show high spirited are, “pool player, jazz June and die soon”. The poem “I celebrate myself, and sing myself” by Walt Whitman, is patriotic and optimistic. He mentioned “every atom of my blood, formed from this soil”, explains the love he has for his country. He seems friendly throughout the...
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  • Solitary Sparrow - 1397 Words
     Disharoon 1 Debra Disharoon Professor Anderson Wrt 101 28 October, 2011 “Solitary Sparrow: A Beat Poet’s Desire to be Heard and Understood” Alan Ginsberg was born to Louis and Naomi Ginsberg on June 3, 1926 in Newark, New Jersey. He came from a proletariat background and grew to be a major influence for the counterculture of the 1950’s and has impacted the lives of people, particularly youth, for generations. His difficult childhood due to his...
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  • A Supermarket in California - 579 Words
    A Supermarket in California Allen Ginsberg was born in Newark, New Jersey, on June 3, 1926. He was raised among several progressive political perspectives. With the help of Rexroth he did “The 6 Gallery Reading” which took place on October 7, 1955. Since that event took place it has been hailed as the birth of the Beat Generation, in no small part because it was also the first public reading of Ginsberg’s “Howl” a poem which also gathered world-wide attention for him and the poets he...
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  • "Beat! Beat! Drums!" by Walt Whitman.
    Analysis of Imagery "Beat! Beat! Drums!" The Civil War had a major impact on the people of America through the years of 1861 to 1865. Walt Whitman, a poet and Northerner of this time, wanted to capture the people's reactions of the war after finding out it was not going to end as quickly as they had anticipated. Whitman illustrated how the people, especially Northerners, changed throughout this conflict; he achieved this by using countless images in his poem, "Beat! Beat! Drums!" The main...
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  • A Supermarket in California Analysis - 341 Words
    Katie Waddle English 12, 3 Mr. Decker April 5, 2013 "A Supermarket in California" by Alan Ginsberg addresses Walt Whitman, who as it becomes evident throughout the poem, is Alan Ginsberg's poetic hero. Ginsberg looked up to Whitman for many reasons. Ginsberg was a bisexual or homosexual Jewish man, and Whitman was also thought to have been bisexual or homosexual. Ginsberg portrays Whitman's style and his legacy of writing by continuing Whitman's poetic assault to industrialized society...
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  • I Hear America Singing
    Lexus Freeman Ms. Griffin English 11 05 November 2013 I Hear America Singing In what way does Walt Whitman portray tone in “I Hear America Singing”? Walt Whitman establishes a cheerful tone in his poem “I Hear America Singing” by his word choice and his way of creating imagery. Focusing on these elements will help a reader understand what the tone of the poem is. After the reader reads the poem and digests the phrases and creativity, they will be able to restate the tone to a person with...
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  • Where Will You Find Inspiration Tonight?
    Where Will You Find Inspiration Tonight? Strong imagery is a key component to a good poem. A poem without imagery leaves the reader unable to relate to the work, and it’s hard to enjoy a poem that one can’t relate to. “A Supermarket in California” by Allen Ginsberg is a great example of a poem with a strong sense of imagery. Ginsberg has a way of digging into the senses and making the reader experience the poem, rather than just read it. Interpreting this poem through a formalist lens answers...
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  • a supermarket in california - 1154 Words
     Essay 2 Poetry Poetry is a form of literary art that uses aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of language to evoke meaning to an audience. In “A supermarket in California” by Allen Ginsberg, he uses symbolism and literary allusions to convey a man going through a crisis between the modern American consumerism, an individual’s detachment with nature; following the ways of his idol Walt Whitman by living a spiritual natural lifestyle and also tell a story about his search for sexual...
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  • Howl - 1817 Words
    The times of the 1950s are a time of great uncertainty in America. The United States of the past described by poets such as Walt Whitman does not exist anymore. In its place is an industrialized America, a hegemonic America that dominates the world with super weapons, neutrons and death. This new America creates great amount tension in its society. Howl, by Allen Ginsberg, is a response to these tensions. Ginsberg divided Howl into three sections to describe the ones howling, the causes of the...
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  • Naked Lunch - 686 Words
    Yesenia Steward 24 April 2014 LIT2090; T,R (9:50AM) Naked Lunch Reading Quiz 1. Identify the following: a. The Shoe Store Kid: The shoe store kid is a drug manipulator who seeks out his prey with hands of "rotten ectoplasm.” b. The Rube: This K.E. was Burroughs’ long-standing friend, Kells Elvins, who was living in Denmark in the mid-1950s — which is why they were on the Malmö ferry together in the first place. Burroughs visited Elvins and his wife Mimi in Copenhagen from late July to early...
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  • Analysis of Supermarket in California - 617 Words
    Karima Hilliard Ms. Leith English 111, Section 026 20 October 2012 Analysis of Supermarket in California Allen Ginsberg portrays alienation as a lonely walk to the supermarket. In the poem “A Supermarket in California” he displays this idea through the images of people in the supermarket, his use of the word “penumbras” and the use of the word “enumerations”. Allen Ginsberg is alienated thus causes him to use his imagination for company. In the poem Ginsberg states that there was whole...
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  • Ezra Pound - 1292 Words
    Nathan Hubschman Nathan Hubschman Ezra Pound Response: “The Tree” by Ezra Pound is about how Pound identifies with the tree-like state in which the nymph, Daphne, of Greek myth finds herself in order to escape Apollo. Pound begins the poem explaining how he was a “tree amid the wood” meaning a changed being amid a familiar yet under-perceived environment. He likens this form to the myth of Apollo who chases Daphne until she asks the god, Peneus, to change her into a tree. Even though she...
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  • Crossing Brooklyn Ferry " - Walt Whitman
    Journal-" Crossing Brooklyn Ferry " - Walt Whitman " Crossing Brooklyn Ferry " is a poem told from a man on a ferry between Manhattan and Brooklyn. The journey begins with the man leaning over a railing look into the water. The man ( Walt Whitman ) sees the clouds and the sun set reflected in the water and personifies them as "you". Throughout the poem Whitman will personify many other things in the poem. The business people and workers on the ferry a reflectively "curious" to him....
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  • Differences/Similarties Between I Hear America Singing and I Too Sing America
    The poems "I Hear America Singing" by Walt Whitman, and "I, Too Sing America" by Langston Hughes are two poems both written in the late 1800's/ early 1900's. They both have an everlasting effect on America and inspirational values, but they vary in topics. As stated before, these two poems are very similar in a whole. They both carry a strength throughout their entire poems. The poems also shows people who are overcoming obstacles in their lives, within society, and how it effects...
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  • O Captain by Walt Whitman
    I thought the poem was an excellent poem to demonstrate how important other people can be in your life. The way Walt Whitman worded the poem it brings to life this statement, " Exult O shores, and ring O bells! But I with mournful tread, Walk the deck my Captain lies, Fallen cold and dead." I believe this to be the strongest point to what I said. It shows just how much the man cared for and loved his captain, he didn't celebrate with the others, he didn't rejoice, he only mourned the loss of his...
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  • Spawn of the Beats - 1399 Words
    The Beat Goes On The Beat generation of the mid twentieth century produced a culture that had a lasting effect on generations to come. In the decades following the 1950s, the Beats successors, or ‘spawn’, ranged from authors to musicians. These artists were greatly influenced by the Beat’s writings and performances, as well as by spending time with the very Beats themselves. Bob Dylan, a spawn, credited much of his early work to his readings of the Beats and his relationship with Allen...
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  • Journal Entry - 252 Words
    Write a compare/contrast essay of the two poems you have read from Whitman and Hughes Josh Stone The poems “I Hear America Singing” by Walt Whitman, And the poem “Let America Be America” by Langston Hughes are both similar because the two poems talk about America. The poems are also similar because they’re about how America is a good place, and you can sense that. These two poems are different though too. First the poem “I Hear America Singing” By Walt Whitman is all happy, and...
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  • Crossing Brooklyn Ferry - 268 Words
    Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Crossing Brooklyn Ferry is considered one of the greatest lyrical poems of all time. In Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, Walt Whitman uses connotative diction, prying questions, and critical reader engagement to convey a feeling of connection and unity of people through time. By using these certain rhetoric strategies, Whitman creates a piece of poetry that seems to be timeless. Whitman carefully chooses certain words and phrases that really highlight his intentions to...
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  • Manhattan Thirties Flash - 429 Words
    The poem Manhattan Thirties Flash is exactly what the title states. It is a quick description of Manhattan in the 1930's. The author, Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) was a well-known firebrand, Ginsberg was a leader of the "beat movement" of the 1950's and of the cultural and political protests of the 1960's. He often writes about spiritual survival in a dehumanized, repressive society. You can see the dehumanization throughout the poem for example in line one when Ginsberg writes, "repetitive...
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  • Jstor Aritcle Summary - 351 Words
    JSTOR Article Summary In the article “From Anxiety to Power: Grammar and Crisis in Crossing Brooklyn Ferry”, by Roger Gilbert, he talks about Walt Whitman’s poem “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry”. Gilbert feels that this poem is odd for Whitman because he “never speaks directly of death” (339). He says that “Whitman’s tone remains resolutely ebullient” (341), even though death is also present throughout the poem. Whitman’s struggle with death is figured in the poem to be a struggle with writing and to...
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  • Hell's Angels - 543 Words
    "Hell's Angels" Hunter S. Thompson 273 Pages The Ballantine Publishing Company 1994 In this book the Hell's Angels roam from place to place all over the California landscape. The two most significant places would seem to be San Francisco and Oakland, where the two largest Hell's Angels groups were in the 1960's. The settings are important to the story in the fact that that's where the largest Hell's Angels populations are. But the events could have happened just about anywhere in...
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  • Was It Worth It?
    Running head: Was It Worth It? Was It Worth It? Marisa Wallace Allied Health Institute According to Albert Camus (as cited by Khalid, 2013), "The rebel can never find peace. He knows what is good and, despite himself, does evil. The value which supports him is never given to him once and for all -- he must fight to uphold it, unceasingly (Khalid, 2013)." We all come to that cross in the road where we are faced with choosing between doing right and doing wrong. When we chose to do wrong,...
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  • Dickinson vs. Whitman - 394 Words
    The Personified Train: Dickinson vs. Whitman Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman are considered to be exceptional influence in American poetry. Both poets possess a different style of writing, but many of their poems have similar themes about the environment that surrounds them. Dickinson's "I Like To See It Lap The Miles" and Whitman's "To A Locomotive In Winter" revolve around the theme of trains. Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman portray trains to have body parts, sounds, and movements...
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  • The Lost Generation (Jill Tripoli and Jackie Gross)
    The Lost Generation What is it? The Lost Generation is a term used to describe a group of American writers who were rebelling against what America had become by the 1900’s. At this point in time, America had become a great place to, “go into some area of business” (Crunden, 185). However, the Lost Generation writers felt that America was not such a success story because the country was devoid of a cosmopolitan culture. Their solution to this issue was to pack up their bags and travel...
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  • The Wonder Years Album Review
    Christopher M Viesca Project 7: An In-depth Analysis of The Wonder Years’ Suburbia I’ve Given You All and Now I’m Nothing as a Concept Album The Wonder Years have been raising eyebrows since they first came into the Pop Punk scene in 2007. This was apparent in their third full-length album Suburbia I’ve Given You All and Now I’m Nothing. The thing that intrigues fans most about this band is the front man’s storytelling ability. Singer/songwriter Dan “Soupy” Campbell has developed his very...
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  • Genre Project - 458 Words
    Project 3: Unfamiliar Genre Project Formatting: Double-spaced, 1 inch margins, Times New Roman 12 pt. font Bibliographic Documentation: At least 1 primary source, 3 secondary sources are required. We will discuss the difference in class. Parenthetic in-text, MLA citations with a works cited page are also necessary. Option #1: Analytical Essay Length: 6-8 pages The Task: For the Analytical Essay, you will first choose an unfamiliar genre that you will research and study. Each essay...
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  • In Goya's Greatest Scenes We Seem to See
     “In Goya’s Greatest Scenes We Seem to See” by Lawrence Ferlinghetti In this paper I will be exploring the social criticism that is conveyed by Lawrence Ferlinghetti in his poem “In Goya’s Greatest Scenes We Seem to See.” Ferlinghetti criticizes the industrial revolution in America; he compares its outcomes with war. Ferlinghetti alludes to various paintings by Goya that depict war, and links their interpretation to the industrialization in America. The poem contains various poetic...
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  • orange juice - 598 Words
    Daniel Ahn The Genius of Walt Whitman One of America’s greatest poets in history, Walt Whitman, wrote the masterpiece “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d” which is a literary masterpiece that showcases sincere and genuine feeling through his facility of words. Whitman utilizes certain words to enhance his diction to create a somber yet hopeful tone and parallelism to create a more melodious elegy that has lasted through the centuries. Whitman uses his diction to create a dark...
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  • Whitman vs Dickenson on Locomotives
     Walt Whitman's poem "To a Locomotive in Winter" and Emily Dickinson's poem "I Like to See it Lap Miles" are both based on what had been upcoming in their era: locomotives. Whitman used Old English to protray his admiration with the train, especially it's physique and 'will', while Dickinson uses modern language to observe what the train does and how it acts. It almost seems as though Whitman is sexually describing the train, as if it's a romantic poem of someone he loves. He describes the...
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  • literature ques - 288 Words
    Modern Poetry Yeats 1. Yeats as a love poet. 2009*** 2. Use of symbols in Yeats’ poetry. 2008** 3. What romantic elements do you find in Yeats’ poems? 2007*** 4. What modern elements do you find in Yeats’ poems? 2009** Walt Whitman 5. Consider Whitman’s treatment of soul, self and body. 2007*** Or How does Whitman ‘song’ and ‘celebrate’ the self in his Song of Myself? 2008*** 6. How Whitman broke with the traditional verse forms and themes in his poetry? 2003, 2006, 2008*** 7....
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  • Poem - 331 Words
    Constantly risking absurdity The poem “Constantly Risking Absurdity” by Lawrence Ferlinghetti is a poem where he compares a poem to an acrobat.He starts off by describing how an acrobat risks everything even his life to his audience by walking in a high wire of his own making.What Ferlinghetti means is that an acrobat does everything he can including his most precious values mental and physical to entertain and amaze his audience. He doesn`t care if he makes a fool of himself o even kill...
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  • Walt Whitman - 1705 Words
    Walt Whitman is most certainly the forefather of contemporary American prose and poetry. Whitman’s most celebrated work; Leaves of Grass has left a mark not only on American society but also on the work of Allen Ginsberg who is vastly reminiscent of Walt Whitman. I will begin this essay by paralleling the Leaves of Grass to Ginsberg’s Howl while incorporating the work and ideas of other contemporary Amesrican poets. To take one Allen Ginsberg poem as an example, we will be able to draw a...
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  • Beat Generation - 392 Words
    Tomtom The Beat Generation and Beat Writers Dating back to the late 1950’s and 1960’s Kerouac one of the main sources of the Beat Generation played an crucial role in it discovery, later known as “Beat Writers” or one could go on to say The San Francisco Renaissance since this where people like Helen Adams , one of the early beat poets of San Francisco Renaissance. She was considered the matriarch and Godmother of the San Francisco Renaissance. She welcomed the New York beats in and was...
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  • The Chimney Sweeper - 934 Words
    Report on William Blake's The Chimney Sweeper William Blake's "The Chimney Sweeper" was mainly about the possibilities of both hope and faith. Although the poem's connotation is that of a very dark and depressed nature, the religious imagery Blake uses indicates that the sweeps will have a brighter future in eternity. In lines 4 – 8 when Blake writes, "There's little Tom Dacre, who cried when his head, That curled like a lamb's back, was shaved: so I said ‘Hush, Tom! never mind it, for...
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  • The Chimney Sweeper by William Blake
    Name Date The Chimney Sweeper William Blake The Chimney Sweeper, by William Blake, has two versions. One, written in 1789, which is twice as long as the second, written in 1794. However, both versions paint a picture of how child labor was during the time; one having more of a somber side, while the other is more hopeful. None-the-less, both were very important writings and hit the culture hard enough to encourage a change. Blake did this by using powerful forms of word choice, imagery,...
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  • Description of how conformity affected the 1950's American lifestyle.
    Alex Orr 3/30/03 Multimedia History 1950's Conformity Following World War II America saw an extreme decade of both conformity and nonconformity. A strong post-war economy meant there was money to spend. Settling down, raising a family, and owning a home were the established goals of the American dream. Many tried to attain the ideal family depicted on TV shows such as Leave It to Beaver and Father Knows Best. Deviating from this popular culture was the "Beat Generation." The post-war...
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  • Owen and Whitman Comparison - 327 Words
     “Arms and the Boy” and “Beat! Beat! Drums!” Comparison Wilfred Owen’s “Arms and the Boy” and Walt Whitman’s “Beat! Beat! Drum” use many of the same literary devices to describe two horrible wars. Owen fought in World War I and wrote about the inappropriateness of sending innocent youth to fight in the war. Whitman describes the bloodshed and overheated emotions found in the Civil War. Owen’s “Arms and the Boy” and Whitman’s “Beat! Beat! Drum!” illustrate the horrors found in war through the...
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  • Political Rebellion of the 1950s - 523 Words
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