Howl, and Other Poems Topics for Discussion

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Who is William Carlos Williams and what is the significance of his words serving as the introduction to Howl and Other Poems?

How does the moral and cultural landscape of the new millennium affect your view of the moral and cultural landscape of the 1950s (when this poem was written)? Can you relate to any aspects of that era at all, and what Ginsberg was trying to get at in his work?

Do you consider the title poem Howl 'obscene' as some did at that time, or not obscene at all?

Do you believe the title poem Howl has "redeeming social significance?"

Who is the person, Walt Whitman, in the poem "A Supermarket in California" and why is he an important person to Allen Ginsberg?

Who is Jack Kerouac in the poem "Sunflower Sutra" and what relationship did he have with Allen Ginsberg?

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