Day 4

Allen Ginsberg's Poetry Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    What is Rockland? Where is Rockland? What does the place signify in the part three of “Howl?”

    Rockland is the name the poet gives to the mental hospital where he met Carl Solomon. It is in New York State. The place signifies the prison of Moloch, the conformity that destroys the best minds of the generation.

  2. 2

    Notice the change in punctuation from the second to the third sections of “Howl.” Where did the punctuation go? Why does the poet not use it? Does he not need it? What function does punctuation serve in part three?

    The punctuation has, except for the exclamation point in the first line, disappeared. The poet further releases conventional syntax...

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