What is Allen Ginsberg trying to communicate with the poem, "A Supermarket in California"?i mean how does the message of the poem connects with…

What is Allen Ginsberg trying to communicate with the poem, "A Supermarket in California"?i mean how does the message of the poem connects with…

What is Allen Ginsberg trying to communicate with the poem, "A Supermarket in California"?i mean how does the message of the poem connects with…

What is Allen Ginsberg trying to communicate with the poem, "A Supermarket in California"?i mean how does the message of the poem connects with…

The poem is an apostrophe, an address to someone not present: Walt Whitman.  Ginsberg is reading Whitman’s poetry and trying to write his own.  He is “shopping for images,” but those he sees are all commercial and trite.  He tries to summon Whitman, his muse, the way Dante summoned Virgil to be his guide in his odyssey, but Ginsberg feels absurd:(I touch your book and dream of our odyssey in the supermarket and feel absurd.)In his famous poems (“I Hear America Singing”), Whitman walked the docks of Long Island and loved to listen to workers: the “mechanics,” the “masons,” and “mothers.”  Outdoors, free, innocent, young America and Whitman were full of boundless idealism and energy.Here, Ginsberg says America has changed since Whitman wrote:Will we stroll dreaming of the lost America of love past blue automobiles in driveways, home to our silent cottage?No more are people outside singing and working: they are snug in their homes, “silent,” their cars parked in driveways.  Even when the poets go outside, it is quiet and lonely:Will we walk all night through solitary streets? The trees add shade to shade, lights out in the houses, we’ll both be lonely.These Americans are all inside, in their homes or the supermarket.  They surround themselves with things: cars, rows and rows of cans, things to buy.  These Americans are spoiled materialists: in fact, they have become things to buy themselves:Aisles full of husbands! Wives in the avocados, babies in the tomatoes!Ginsberg finds it difficult to summon the creative energy to use them as poetic subjects.  Will he too shop for images?
What is Allen Ginsberg trying to communicate with the poem, "A Supermarket in California"?i mean how does the message of the poem connects with…
What is Allen Ginsberg trying to communicate with the poem, "A Supermarket in California"?i mean how does the message of the poem connects with…
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What is Allen Ginsberg trying to communicate with the poem, "A Supermarket in California"?i mean how does the message of the poem connects with…
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