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Howl, Kaddish and Other Poems (Penguin Modern Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Allen Ginsberg
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Allen Ginsberg was the bard of the beat generation, and Howl, Kaddish and Other Poems is a collection of his finest work published in Penguin Modern Classics, including 'Howl', whose vindication at an obscenity trial was a watershed moment in twentieth-century history.



'I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked'



Beat movement icon and visionary poet, Allen Ginsberg broke boundaries with his fearless, pyrotechnic verse. This new collection brings together the famous poems that made his name as a defining figure of the counterculture. They include the apocalyptic 'Howl', which became the subject of an obscenity trial when it was first published in 1956; the moving lament for his dead mother, 'Kaddish'; the searing indictment of his homeland, 'America'; and the confessional 'Mescaline'. Dark, ecstatic and rhapsodic, they show why Ginsberg was one of the most influential poets of the twentieth century.



Allen Ginsberg (1926-97) was an American poet, best known for the poem 'Howl' (1956), celebrating his friends of the Beat Generation and attacking what he saw as the destructive forces of materialism and conformity in the United States at the time. He was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, was awarded the medal of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture, won the National Book Award for The Fall of America and was a co-founder of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute, the first accredited Buddhist college in the Western world.



If you enjoyed Howl, Kaddish and Other Poems, you might like Jack Kerouac's On the Road, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.



'The poem that defined a generation'


Guardian on 'Howl'



'He avoids nothing but experiences it to the hilt'


William Carlos Williams

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Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) was an American poet, best known for the poem Howl (1956), celebrating his friends of the Beat Generation and attacking what he saw as the destructive forces of materialism and conformity in the United States at the time. He was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, was awarded the medal of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture, won the National Book Award for The Fall of America, and was a co-founder of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute, the first accredited Buddhist college in the Western world.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 211 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (4 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141190167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141190167
  • ASIN: B00BUCZ6JC
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3.0 out of 5 stars A note on this edition 2 Jan 2012
Format:Paperback
With Ginsberg having been such a brilliant spoken poet, Howl is much more powerful to read at the same time as listening to a live recording of his reading it. With his intonation and tone behind it, the poem is even more moving and vivid than it is as written. A word of caution on this (the penguin classics 2009) edition though. Once I'd found an early enough recording to find Ginsberg completely unedited, I was surprised to come across the occasional small omission when comparing with this edition, usually a word here or there left out of this copy. However I was mostly infuriated by the deliberate starring out of one expletive in this Penguin edition. Ironically, the very same expletive is printed in an earlier stanza/breath of the poem without being starred, and then inexplicably its censored later on.

Given the poem's unique history when it comes to notions of obscenity and censorship, it seems sad that Penguin have felt the need to star out an expletive. While it is certainly not much of a mark on reading the poem, it does seem to undermine the spirit of reading the poem as raw and effectively as it was originally written, spoken and intended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 30 April 2009
By M. Dowden HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Allen Ginsberg, an icon of the Beat Generation is here represented with the poems that helped to make him so iconic. In this selection we have poems from 1952-1960, containing probably his most famous works.

Whether Ginsberg is writing about drugs, the state of the world or his mother his poems talk to something deep down in our psyche. Howl is an absolute masterpiece, displaying something primal that we can all feel and understand. Indeed this poem had to fight obscenity laws but of course won when it was deemed by the judge to be a work of art and not vulgar. Kadish, his poem to his dead mother is very moving and is quite lengthy. This collection shows how Ginsberg can move through different emotions with consumate ease. Also we have Mescaline in this book, in which we hear about the author's use of drugs.

Whatever Ginsberg has written about in this collection he manages to reach deep down inside of us all, and it is easy to see why he has had such a great influence on so many people. When the Beat started up it was to answer the feelings of uncertainty and angst left by the end of the Second World War that was still being felt. With the recent problems with the financial markets people are starting to feel the same now, showing that he is still as relevant to us now as when he first wrote.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great grab-bag of Ginsberg 17 Jan 2014
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I'm a big fan of the Penguin Modern Classics list (the edition I'm reviewing is ISBN 978-0141190167 for Kindle). Of course, the star here is Howl, but the supporting cast is solid - it's a round-up of Ginsberg's best, where his spontaneous free-flowing style never degenerated into confusion.

That said, the formatting could have been better. Poetry benefits from line numbers and more air between lines than you see in a novel; after all, poetic imagery's a bit denser, and more spacing gives you room to catch your breath between stanzas. Not a huge problem, but enough of one that a hobby reader like me even noticed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful 5 Jun 2014
By Tim
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I loved 'Howl' and enjoyed 'Kaddish'. Howl is a must for lovers of Burroughs and Kerouac (brilliant when read alongside 'And the Hippos Boiled In Their Tank') and I read it over and over now and again for the life and power it has in it. I have to say the rest I have struggled to find the want to finish reading, but purely on the merit of Howl & Kaddish I give this 5 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars great! 25 Feb 2014
By jet
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his poetry is amazing. a very inpspring writer. best book if you want to see his best poems. 5/5 reccemond
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius Ginsberg 26 Nov 2013
By pia
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Nothing to say after all these years- pure genius- a poetry master- should have read it in my youth- but better late than never
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5.0 out of 5 stars A contemporary classic 30 Oct 2013
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"Howl" is one of the best poems in English language of our times... And Ginsberg um of our best poets. Many other poems in this book are also of first quality. The book shows clearly ans poetically the basic dramas of our world: neurosis, drugs, nihilism etc. A masterpiece...
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