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on 3 August 2012
Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl" was probably the dividing line between two Americas, two generations, two sexualities, two cultures. He was of course indicted and arrested and this poem barred from publication - of course again making it sell a lot more copies eventually - but in a way he was America's first great modern poet. The first line became a sort of countercultural national mantra:

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

"Howl" presents a view of contemporary society, placing a source of human woe within human consciousness and perception. In his poem, Ginsberg uses the word "Moloch," for the condition of the mind. The narrator declares" Mental Moloch!"... Moloch who name is the Mind!" According to Ginsberg, we are born in a state of "natural ecstasy" but Moloch "enter's the soul early". He pushes for an emergence from the belly of "Moloch," or the monster of corrupt institutions that devours us, "bashe[s]" and eats "up our brains and imaginations."

One of my favorite poems of all time and an absolute must read.
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on 17 May 2014
Found this book a big help while on my University course, gave lots of insights to developing skills to write.
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on 26 December 2015
Lovely little edition of Ginsberg's first collection. Arrived quickly in decent condition.
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on 14 February 2015
It was good in the 1960s and is just as good now, in its cheaper paperback format.
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on 6 April 2016
Arrived in time for my A300 OU course - good price too compared to what OU quoted
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on 4 October 1997
HOWL defies comparison with anything. Ginsberg cracks open the mind of America--while riding on an hallucinogenic roller coaster--and takes a studied look inside. The style is incredible, pyrotechnical, it transcends words themselves, taking on the characteristics of a hieroglyph. Using all elements of the profane, he creates something holy. Should be required reading in all bars, bowling alleys and elementary schools.
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on 13 September 2014
Great price ha ha great book great service well done Amazon
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on 20 January 1998
This book is phenomenal, mostly because it showcases the life of the underdog, rather than that of one in charge. The late Ginberg uses such devilish wordplay and mind-boggling situations that by the end, you'll be wondering about your sanity. It also highlights how badly Americans were and are currently treated by the establishment in such a brutal way. This book is god-like.
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on 17 February 2016
It's a really good for anyone who loves poetry
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on 5 August 2014
Love it.
Great intro to an amazing poet.
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