Madness in Allen Ginsberg’s Poem, “Howl” The American poet Allen Ginsberg was one of the key figures of the 1950s beat generation literary movement. His poem “Howl”, written in 1956 remains one of the most important poems of this movement. The poem was so unusual and so radical for the times that the poem and its author were put on trial for obscenity and attempts were made to ban it. Luckily, the judge recognized it for what is was: a literary and poetic masterpiece. The poem speaks of the social conditions in the USA at the time, and it is a protest against many of the social realities of the period, including intolerance, discrimination and the cold war. This paper will identify and examine a reoccurring symbol and motif in “Howl” and...The end:
.....e American society, a state that ‘coughs’ and has no rest nor gives anybody rest. In his poem “Howl” Allen Ginsberg is using images of madness, confinement and movement to describe a state of the American society during 1950s. The first part of the poem describes the alienation and confusion of one whole generation, a condition that is reflected in the images of madness, and confinement. There is no escape from that state and the movement is erratic, no goal no aim. The second part looks at the society, the ‘ Moloch beast itself’. Finally, on more intimate level, Ginsberg relates his experiences with the live of Carl Solomon, a person confined inside a mental institution and imprisoned in his own mind. Works Cites, Ginsberg, A. “Howl” ?????