Howl, and Other Poems Themes

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Love

In essence, the entire collection "Howl and other Poems" is about a search for Love. In the main poem of the collection "Howl," Ginsberg talks of his search for connections, and the search of others he knew or encountered, and their search for connections to people. Often times the search for love was sought in multiple sex partners. Lack of love and peace of mind led to drug abuse, alcoholism, and destructive behavior. Ginsberg writes the poem "Howl" for Carl Solomon, someone he met while he was in a mental institution for a short time. The reader can sense Ginsberg's love for this person and concern for him. We see Ginsberg's love for God and how he seeks to be in his presence, in the poem "Transcription of Organ Music." The entire poem "Song" is about love.

We see the love for his fellow Beat Writers in the...

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