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Allen Ginsberg In his poem America Allen Ginsberg is disappointed in the Country He sees the country as being wicked and asks When will you be angelic To him the country is not being honest with itself and is hiding behind a mask He is disillusioned by the crime rate and poverty throughout the country and wants world peace Allen Ginsberg discusses the issues of free speech and civil rights when he says I wont say the Lords prayer He sees the whole country being run by the media He admits to being obsessed about the Time magazine and feels that no one can escape its spell including him He is exercising free speech when he criticizes the American public as well as the government with regards to the cold war America when will we end the human war he feels that too many lives have been lost because of the atomic bomb He freely confesses to having been a communist and the country that was to insure him life liberty and prosperity was driving him to this With this poem he is denouncing everything that is America demonstrating free speech This poem was written at a time when homosexuality was a disease of a few Peoples response to this poem could not have been well He uses perverse and obscene language and openly admits to being a homosexual when he says I sit in my houseand stare at the roses in the closet Also his poem criticized everything that was considered honorable such as nationalism and hard work Mr Ginsberg is consumed with negative feelings towards the Russians He reiterates The Russia wants to eat us alive He is against fighting and is concerned about the future and about the messages the people of America get from TV He thinks that everything is too complicated and everyone is too serious He does not want to hear about
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