Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I get it but I don't get it.
As poems, they are beautiful in the an abstract piece of art is beautiful. As for understanding what he's writing about I'm at a complete loss.
After I got done reading this I went online to see if I could get a better understanding of what I read. It is cases like this that I find Wikipedia useful, even if not the most reliable source for information. In this case they have a section Bibliographical References and Allusions and a chart that explains a lot about Howl.
Looking back on Howl now that I've read On the Road, I will admit it makes a bit more sense.
Besides Howl I really enjoyed Ginsberg's earlier work. I think those few poems saved this from being a 2 star review. My two favorite were Song and In Back of the Real.
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