I, too, tried to like him because I am a big fan or some of his buddies; Kerouac, Burroughs, and Kesey not sure how chummy he was with Kesey, but you get the idea. My ambition is to be President despite the fact that I'm a Catholic. Wives in the avocados, babies in the tomatoes! To be on the cover of Time magazine was to grab the attention of the nation and of the world. Is it only the sun that shines once for the mind, only the flash of existence, than none ever was? As a young man, influenced by his mother's Communist affiliations, Ginsberg felt that his first calling was to help workers and laborers as a labor lawyer. This exhausting routine symbolizes restlessness and the desperation of being inactive.
America America I've given you all and now I'm nothing. While Whitman worries when he-bird loses his mate and consoles with the thought that death is just a transition from one mode of life to another, Ginsberg raises a question: Is the sympathy, love, affection and human behavior present in contemporary America? Adonoi at last, with you? Ginsberg tries to point out the absurdity of such thought just as he is trying to point out that the American way of life is bankrupt to begin with and not worth stealing. They were executed, sparking a controversy over the rights of the accused. Yet, in these lines, Ginsberg moves from an angry tone to a biting sarcasm. Ginsberg is taking a social risk by admitting in the poem that he was once a communist. As a poet of the counterculture, he finds America without love. Go fuck yourself with your atom bomb.
In the last verse, he takes on a responsible yet not soley responsible role in the runnings of america- offering concerned interest and advice- a far more adult perspective- and finally in the last two lines decides to take action for what he believes in. The speaker and his muse continue around the store, tasting and handling all sorts of food, yet never coming across a single cashier. Whole families shopping at night! This is both a lament at the violence, or threat of violence, that was increasingly a part of American culture. Sunflower Sutra I walked on the banks of the tincan banana dock and sat down under the huge shade of a Southern Pacific locomotive to look for the sunset over the box house hills and cry. I am talking to myself again.
What peaches and what penumbras! Her wants our auto plants in Siberia. I am talking to myself again. How many flies buzzed round you innocent of your grime, while you cursed the heavens of your railroad and your flower soul? America I used to be a communist when I was a kid I'm not sorry. I'd better get right down to the job. Help America this is quite serious America this is the impression I get from looking in the television set America is this correct? I will continue like Henry Ford my strophes are as individual as his automobiles more so they're all different sexes. America this is the impression I get from looking in the television set. I have not read Garcia Lorca's bio, but had read about his interest in Harlem and the experience of blacks in America and interpreted the reference to Garcia Lorca as a humorous reference from one transgressive poet Ginsberg thinks that store security is following him to another.
Are you going to let your emotional life be run by Time Magazine? When can I go into the supermarket and buy what I need with my good looks? My psychoanalyst thinks I'm perfectly right. America when will you be angelic? I wandered in and out of the brilliant stacks of cans following you, and followed in my imagination by the store detective. America it's them bad Russians. America this is quite serious. When will you look at yourself through the grave? His poetry often dealt with issues of growing industrialization and the effect such growth had on the natural world and American frontier. As he goes for shopping, Ginsberg follows him whenever he goes.
When will you take off your clothes? Him make Indians learn read. McCarthy played on public fear in a bid to increase his own political standing. America after all it is you and I who are perfect not the next world. America I'm putting my queer shoulder to the wheel. In my hungry fatigue, and shopping for images, I went into the neon fruit supermarket, dreaming of your enumerations! Burroughs, Neal Cassady, and , all of whom later became leading figures of the. The following lines of the poem start Ginsberg's conversation with this personified America. America I feel sentimental about the Wobblies.
Where are we going, Walt Whitman? I won't say the Lord's Prayer. These are Ginsberg's examples of the decency of a political ideology that the American government sought to destroy. Her make us all work sixteen hours a day. When will you take off your clothes? His own conformity, his own willingness to accept the place in life and the roles of career and personhood within the American context, makes him just as much part of America as anyone else. I wandered in and out of the brilliant stacks of cans following you, and followed in my imagination by the store detective.
America two dollars and twentyseven cents January 17, 1956. Her wants to grab Chicago. Here is an analysis of the poem A Supermarket in California by Allen Ginsberg, one of the leaders of the Beat Generation. Toward the Key in the window--and the great Key lays its head of light on top of Manhattan, and over the floor, and lays down on the sidewalk--in a single vast beam, moving, as I walk down First toward the Yiddish Theater--and the place of poverty you knew, and I know, but without caring now--Strange to have moved thru Paterson, and the West, and Europe and here again, with the cries of Spaniards now in the doorstops doors and dark boys on the street, firs escapes old as you --Tho you're not old now, that's left here with me-- Myself, anyhow, maybe as old as the universe--and I guess that dies with us--enough to cancel all that comes--What came is gone forever every time-- That's good! I was thinking it was just a funny, kind of silly remembrance of Whitman, fooling around a bit with simple grocery store items. Throughout his time in New York and San Francisco, Ginsberg saw several of his friends and acquaintances in the Beat movement arrested for murder.
Go fuck yourself with your atom bomb I don't feel good don't bother me. I read it in the basement of the Berkeley Public Library. These lines make America seem like a lost lover, someone that Ginsberg once loved and saw great promise and potential in; it was a potential for salvation. He uses wrong pronouns and incorrect verb tenses, suggesting the ludicrousness of the populist fears of people who have not even learned to read correctly. When will you take off your clothes? It was also in San Francisco where Ginsberg met other key players in the Beat Generation.