Howl By Ginsberg Analysis

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What is spirituality? According to spirituality is, “the quality or state of being concerned with religion or religious matter.” Spirituality is so much more than a word. In many ways spirituality can be a religion or a belief of its own. In the poem “Howl,” Ginsberg shows his belief in spirituality as a whole instead of anyone religion through imagery and enjambment. To begin with, in Ginsberg’s poem “Howl,” he uses many types of imagery. One of which shows not only his own, but other peoples journeys as well. “… by saintly motorcyclists,”(1:93). On one of his many journeys Ginsberg visited the Hells Angels. The Hells Angels were going to beat up some protestors on Vietnam Day but, Ginsberg changed their minds (Allen…show more content…
The reason Ginsberg enjambs these other ideas are because he wants to emphasize specific words in these ideas. When written out those specific words are on the ends of the lines, making the reader hang on to each of those words. One example of this is, “who fell on their knees in hopeless cathedrals praying for each / other’s salvation and light and breasts, until the soul / illuminated its hair for a second,” (1:183-85). Ginsberg wants the reader to hold onto three key facts here. That these people are praying for each other not themselves, they are praying for their souls, not for their current life, and time a second that time is of the essence. In this whole enjambment he is putting emphasis on spirituality. Similarly the enjambment “walls collapse O skinny legions run outside O starry- / spangled shock of mercy the eternal war is here O victory / forget your underwear we’re free” (3:52-4) also has an emphasis on spirituality. Once again, there are three key facts Ginsberg wants the reader to hold on to. They have broken out into the night, they have won the war that is known as life, and their souls have finally been set

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