America

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Allen Ginsberg was an American poet born on June 3, 1926. Allen had issues with his mother, Naomi, during his childhood. According to biographer Barry Miles, “Naomi's illness gave Allen an enormous empathy and tolerance for madness, neurosis, and psychosis” (Allen Ginsberg 1). Edgar Allan Poe became Ginsberg’s favorite poet upon graduating. Edgar Allan Poe attended Colombia University, which inspired Ginsberg to attend school at Columbia as well. It was in Columbia University where Ginsberg met the poets who later participated in the movement known as the Beat movement. This movement inspired Ginsberg as he states, “since art is merely and ultimately self-expressive, we conclude that the fullest art, the most individual, uninfluenced, unrepressed, uninhibited expression of art is true expression and the true art" (Allen Ginsberg 1).
At one point Ginsberg had visions about three of William Blake’s poems being read by William Blake himself. He later admitted to using drugs in trying to recreate the vision he experienced earlier. Several of Ginsberg’s poems were banned for obscenity. According to Allen Ginsberg, “The work overcame censorship trials, however, and became one of the most widely read poems of the century, translated into more than twenty-two languages” (1). During the Beat movement, Ginsberg spoke against the Vietnam War and he also spoke about gay rights. This is mostly what the Beat movement was based on. Years later, Ginsberg taught in Brooklyn College and passed away on April 5, 1997 due to hepatitis in New York.
Langston Hughes was an American poet and novelist born on February 1, 1902. Hughes was an only child. According to Bloom, “Hughes was of Indian, French, and African heritage, and the name Langston was wel...

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...Hughes has two alliterations in his poem. The first is when he says, “Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed” (6). The second is, “O, let my land be a land where Liberty” (11). Hughes also has a little imagery as well. One of them is when he says, “grab the gold” (28).
Even though both poems talk about different things, they are both alike. Ginsberg and Hughes have this hatred towards America for being the country that it is today with the media taking over and what not. They both agree that America used to once be great and it could continue to be great if and only if the people contribute to make it better. These poems are examples of how times have changed and it gives the people a message, which is to rethink how they are living life in America and see how they can contribute and make it the country that it is meant to be and that is the land of the free.

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