Since industrial and mechanical diction – and the imagery it evokes – heavily conveys the environmental message running throughout Allen Ginsberg’s poem, . Allen Ginsberg’s “Sunflower Sutra” is definitely a poem of crisis and recovery. Ginsberg’s sunflower suggests an America that has been. Returning this week to the trove of recorded material currently available in the Stanford Archives, we focus today (perhaps somewhat arbitrarily) on a reading.

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Oxford U P p. The America that Ginsberg is witnessing is represented by the tattered, gray sunflower.

Her needs a Red Readers’ Digest. Shadow against the sky…. When the narrator says “It Occurs to me that I am America”, he follows with “I am talking to myself again. David Bergmanin Camp Grounds describes Ginsberg as a poet who, while not addressing the need to support the homosexual community directly, used a “Comically carnivalesque” tone to paint a picture of the situation facing the homosexual in 20th-Century society. Your machinery is too much for me.

Her wants to grab Chicago. Him make Indians learn read. When did you forget you were a flower? In American ScreamJonah Raskin explores Ginsberg’s “conspiratorial” themes in Howlsuggesting that Ginsberg, more than any other 20th-Century American poet, used literature to vent his criticism of the American government’s treatment of the people and the diabolic actions of the CIA during the Cold War.

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I’d better consider my national resources. The only water on the river mirrored the red sky, sun sank on top of final Frisco peaks, no fish in that stream, no hermit in those mounts, just ourselves rheumy-eyed and hung-over dunflower old bums on the riverbank, tired and wily. She wants to take our cars from out our garages. Ginsberg brings in another symbol at this point, the locomotive. The Russia’s power mad. He later reminds the sunflower to not be misguided of its worth by the soot and dirt all over itself and reminds it to shine as bright as it once had.


He reflects American beauty to have been lost in the hands of the careless modern world but also sparks a ray of hope in the readers by reminding the sunflower which is the embodiment of the nation, that it shall not be tarnished and shall continue to shine on like it is meant to be.

The reader experiences his ginsberh her own crisis and he or she searches the natural setting for a beauty associated with nature but finds only desolation.

Welcome, Login to your account. America how can I write a holy litany in your silly mood?

Ginsberg’s Sunflowers

If you want to contact us regarding any particular gunsberg on the website, please use the contact page. Its cover stares at me every time I slink past the corner candystore.

The grime was no man’s grime but death and human locomotives. Business- men are serious. It occurs to me that I am America. This object of beauty has taken on the pollution of industry.

sunnflower October 7, at 1: Transcription of Organ Music sensual datastrange writing which passes from prose to poetry and back, like the mind”. When will you be worthy of your million Trotskyites?


Look at the Sunflower, he said, there was a dead gray shadow against the sky, sunfllower as a man, sitting dry on top of a pile of ancient sawdust I’m obsessed by Time Magazine. I’m sick of your insane demands. I read it every week. I didn’t trust free flight yet, so went back to fixed base to sustain the flow, ‘America’.

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My national resources consist of two joints of marijuana millions of genitals an unpublishable private literature that goes miles an hour and twenty-five-thousand mental institutions. The sunflower has many interpretations, but is mainly a mirror to the condition of the American society that has been tarnished by its people hinsberg yet holds the capacity to face the sun each morning and become its beautiful self again.

Ginsberg speaks of the society in the eyes of a sunflower and names this poem the Sunflower Sutra due to its simple yet hidden message like the sutras, taken from the Buddhist term of sutra. Proudly powered by WordPress.

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My roommates and I planted a sunflower garden at the end of this summer. I refuse to give up my obsession. America I used to be a communist when I was a kid I’m not sorry.