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It has been established over the centuries that the poet rather than representing the voice of the civilized cultured society is the voice of alienation and separation Poets of social protest are intended to reside outside of societys limiting structure disillusioned by its elitism social injustice industrialism materialism and by its reckless plummet into a void of spiritual deterioration Allen Ginsbergs America is a case in point of such criticism with regards to the imminent nuclear war the marginalization of various groups within society the forceful imposition of values onto ones neighbours as well as the ignorance with regards to mass indoctrination Many have considered Ginsberg to be a prophet for his time for the struggle that millions of Americans were enduring He voiced the cries of concern that many felt silenced from Nevertheless one must consider whether or not these matters are as clear as black and white as Ginsberg makes them out to be The question of whether or not Ginsberg is portraying an accurate picture of America and is providing the proper interpretation is of supreme importance It was near this time in his life when he wrote the poem America In it are many surprising elements considering the era in which it was written Ginsberg openly admonishes America for its many flaws and picks away at several instances in Americas history He also makes several frank admissions about his own actions and human nature Allan Ginsberg coms of age during the Eisenhower administration 1953-1961 There are dark cars and dark suits during this time of the Red Scare Ginsberg is an outcast He is part of the beat movement The beat movement is a counter-culture movement that are the predecessor of the hippies with even less acceptance Ginsberg is an extreme left In the 50s America is like Ozzie and Harriet middle class white hard-working etc America was all about conforming while Ginsberg was all about diversity Ginsberg
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