Analysis of Allen Ginsberg's "Howl"
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 understanding of abstractions like Time, Eternity, and self. The poem’s jumbled phrasing and drastic emotion seems to correspond with the minds of the people it describes. Ginsberg uses surprisingly precise and purposeful writing to weave the complex …show more content…
At the end of part I, Ginsberg weaves his religious and abstract imagery into a description of writing as a mode of spirituality in itself.
“who dreamt and made incarnate gaps in Time and Space through images juxtaposed, and trapped the archangel of the soul between two visual images and joined the elemental verbs and set the noun and dash of consciousness together jumping with sensation of Pater Omnipotens Aeterna Dens.”
In these paragraphs, Ginsberg again uses powerful diction to show the grandeur of writing as it was or could be. There is also the same connection between Time and Space,