Allen Ginsberg | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Helen Vendler

This literature criticism consists of approximately 9 pages of analysis & critique of Allen Ginsberg.
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Critical Essay by Helen Vendler

SOURCE: Vendler, Helen. “The Reversed Pietà: Allen Ginsberg's ‘Kaddish’.” In Soul Says: On Recent Poetry, pp. 9-15. Cambridge: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1995.

In the following essay, Vendler perceives “Kaddish” as “chiefly an elegy of the body—the physical body and the historically conditioned body of Naomi Ginsberg.”

The poem “Kaddish,” now thirty years old, appeared in 1961 with two manifestos by Ginsberg bracketing it. The first, on the copyright page of the volume Kaddish, announced that “the established literary quarterlies of my day are bankrupt poetically thru their own hatred, dull ambition or loudmouthed obtuseness,” and, in acknowledging previous appearances of the poems in journals, remarked that two of those publications were begun by...

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