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Allen Ginsberg

Friday night-emily (k. so it wont let me type. x_x sorry. I added some spinning, nothing too major. Sorry I can't do more, email me if ya need me to write anything else.) Saturday night- Rebecca Sunday- Cheryl

The Awsome

on 4 May 2010

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Transcript of Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg Homework.
If I were doing my Laundry I'd wash my dirty Iran
I'd throw in my United States, and pour on the Ivory Soap, scrub up Africa, put all the birds and elephants back in the jungle.
I'd wash the Amazon river and clean the oily Carib & Gulf of Mexico,
Rub the smog off the North Pole, wipe up all the pipelines in Alaska,
Rub a dub dub for Rocky Flats and Los Alamos, Flush that sparkly Cesium out of Love Canal
Rinse down the Acid Rain over the Parthenon & Sphinx, Drain Sludge out of the Mediterranean basin & make it azure again,
Put some blueing back into the sky over the Rhine, bleach the little Clouds so snow return white as snow,
Cleanse the Hudson Thames & Nekckar, Drain the Suds out of Lake Erie
Then I'd throw big Asia in one giant Load & wash out the blood & Agent Orange,
Dump the whole mess of Russia and China in the wringer, squeeze out the tattletail Gray of U.S. Central American police state,
& put the planet in the drier & let it sit 20 minutes or an Aeon till it came out clean. Nagasaki Days ( Everybody's Fantasy )

I walked outside & the bomb'd
dropped lots of plutonium
all over the Lower East Side
There weren't any buildings left just
iron skeletons
groceries burned, potholes open to
stinking sewer waters

There were people starving and crawling
across the desert
the Martian UFOs with blue
Light destroyer rays
passed over and dried up all the
Charred Amazon palmtrees for
hundreds of miles on both sides
of the river Bibliography
Ginsberg, Allen. New York: HarperCollins, 1996. Print.Gray, Jeffrey, James McCorkle, and Mary McAleer Balkun, eds. Wesport: Greenwood, 2006. Print.
"Allen Ginsberg." Allen Ginsberg. Wikipedia, 14 Apr. 2010. Web. 14 Apr. 2010. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_Ginsberg>. New Stanzas for Amazing Grace

I dreamed I dwelled in a homeless place
Where I was lost alone
Folk looked right through me into space
And passed with eyes of stone

O homeless hand on many a street
Accept this change from me
A friendly smile or word is sweet
As fearless charity

Woe workingman who hears the cry
And cannot spare a dime
Nor look into a homeless eye
Afraid to give the time

So rich or poor no gold to talk
A smile on your face
The homeless ones where you may walk
Receive amazing grace

I dreamed I dwelled in a homeless place
Where I was lost alone
Folk looked right through me into space
And passed with eyes of stone Homework

S - someone who condemns society for what it does to nature

I - speaker takes us on a tour of the Earth, stopping at significant places in need of repair and restoration and describes his method of cleansing this planet we are destroying. Ginsberg uses description to give his audience an image of our unclean world

F - laundry metaphor and continued throughout the poem ( 1st line )

T - frustrated, angry ( at society )

theme : speaking against polution, trying to get people to fix the errors of their ways

Nagasaki Days

S - someone saddened by the bombing

I - all over the place from stinking stewers to charred amazon palm trees

F - Martian ship reference is a metaphor for US bomber planes

T - angry,sad,horrified

theme - horrors of war in general and WWII

title - a reference to the Nagasaki bombing * 1926-1997
* born in Newark, New Jersey to a Jewish family
* inspired by Walt Whitman
* attended Columbia University
* movements : beat poetry, confessional poetry, San Francisco Renaissance, New York School
New Stanzas for Amazing Grace

Speaker - someone who may have been poor at a time and understands a poor person's hardships

Imagery - paints a picture of the life of a homeless person

Figurative language - 'hearts of stone'= coldness people exhibit towards the homeless

Tone - sad, frustrated, cynical

Theme - take notice of the poor, and give them your time. They are people too.

Title - parody written to Amazing Grace. While Amazing Grace speaks of the beauty of humans and God, Ginsberg's version speaks of the less notable side of human nature. * arrested for possession of stolen goods - 1948
* commited to a psychiatric hospital - 1948
* mentor includes William Carlos Williams
* Supporter of communism, creativity, gay rights, free speech,
and legalization of drugs
* Opposed war, nuclear warfare, militarism, materialism, and
sexual repression, and conformity
* supposedly bisexual
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