Day 3

Allen Ginsberg's Poetry Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Who is Moloch in the poem? What does he do in the poem? What role does he serve? Why does the poet repeat his name with such frequency?

    Moloch is the god who requires a sacrifice. He is the monster destroying the Beat Poets and best minds. He comes from a Middle Eastern religious tradition. He destroys and forces conformity upon people in the poem, representative of the organizations and institutions in society. He serves as the source of the problem, the person to blame, the monster to battle. The poet repeats his name as if an incantation. He is both evoking the god and denouncing him. The repetition adds emphasis and significance and sound to the section.

  2. 2

    ...

Join Now to View Premium Content

GradeSaver provides access to 741 study guide PDFs and quizzes, 4427 literature essays, 1449 sample college application essays, 183 lesson plans, and ad-free surfing in this premium content, “Members Only” section of the site! Membership includes a 10% discount on all editing orders.

Join Now

Already a member? Log in