Howl and Other Poems
The epigraph for Howl is from Walt Whitman: "Unscrew the locks from the doors!/Unscrew the doors themselves from their jambs!" Announcing his intentions with this ringing motto, Allen Ginsberg published a volume of poetry which broke so many social taboos that copies were impounded as obscene,... show more
The epigraph for Howl is from Walt Whitman: "Unscrew the locks from the doors!/Unscrew the doors themselves from their jambs!" Announcing his intentions with this ringing motto, Allen Ginsberg published a volume of poetry which broke so many social taboos that copies were impounded as obscene, and the publisher, poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, was arrested. The court case that followed found for Ginsberg and his publisher, and the publicity made both the poet and the book famous. Ginsberg went on from this beginning to become a cultural icon of sixties radicalism. This works seminal place in the culture is indicated in Czeslaw Milosz's poetic tribute to Ginsberg: "Your blasphemous howl still resounds in a neon desert where the human tribe wanders, sentenced to unreality".
Publish date: January 1st 2001
Publisher: City Lights
Pages no: 56
Edition language: English
, 20th Century
, Banned Books
Generation defining collection of poems. A bit rough around the edges, but that's to be expected with its stream of consciousness style.
The history of this is interesting but the content was not. Between the dedication and intro I was already ready to toss this book. So much white male privilege. Gag.
My first post on BookLikes, how exciting! I've turned to poetry in a big way recently, but I still feel unequipped to talk about poetry with the same sophistication and background as other appreciators, but here is my take anyway. Howl is, of course, Ginsberg's most famous work and generally known...
I loved Howl and Song but wasn't too keen on the rest of it...it didn't detract from my giving this short collection 5 stars though. I needed the frantic pace this book set and the sentiment really echoed with what i'm going through in my own life.
Obviously, "Howl" dominates this collection. In length as well as notoriety. The first section is a testament to what can be done with words. The third section is also good stuff. Though the second section is less impressive. But it's a 4 1/2 star poem, even by my harsh standards."A Supermarket in ...