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background, he feels that it is not his place to participate, in any way, in the Vietnam War. In addition to the above-mentioned issues, other things of which Ginsberg likes to write were discussed within Iron Horse. Very strongly conveyed throughout the poem are his general feelings of irritation with the U.S. government, not only in terms of the Vietnam War. Also, scattered throughout are references to the drug culture, in which Ginsberg was deeply involved as a poet, a person, and a Beatnik. Wales Visitation, another poem of Ginsberg?s, was written in the summer of August 1967, partially while under the influence of LSD. Again, Ginsberg makes a point of depicting a lovely landscape, this time with a more positive outlook. Additionally, he speaks of advancement and technology,

phrased in a negative light as he describes a ?thorned tower?. Ginsberg, overall, has very little appreciation for technology, as he saw that it was destructive to the environment. Early in the poem, there is a rash irritation with London, it?s buildings, and television. This is not stated, but the general feeling of that section of the poem exhibits these attitudes. Later though, the poet joyously explores various aspects of nature. Outside of the city, statements are made on the beauty of the natural world. Mountains, plants, and animals are described in such a way that one would not only believe them to be living, but also to be aware of themselves as human beings are. Walking through the untouched natural world, Ginsberg, in a seeming state of meditation, explores the world

around him. Finally, the natural world as a whole is described to be one living being. Blatant statements are made, such as ?vagina-moist ground?, that imply the earth to be a beautiful female. In closing, implications are made that, through his exploration of nature, the poet has found God. Given his beliefs as a Buddhist, this would probably have been accomplished through meditation in the natural world, i.e. away from the city. As a final note on Wales Visitation, as previously stated, Ginsberg, while writing this poem, was deep in an LSD induced trip. This means that anything he saw or stated could merely be a hallucination, or that the writing could mean almost nothing to anyone whom was not in the same state of mind as he. James Atlas, upon the 1984 release of Ginsberg?s

Collected Poems, wrote the article A Modern Whitman as a review of his poetry. Atlas makes a point of discussing, albeit only for a short time, each of the genres Ginsberg explored throughout his poetry. Touching on Ginsberg?s feelings towards the Vietnam War, the government, drugs, and his own homosexuality, Atlas makes a point of covering all the bases. Reviewing the article thoroughly though, Atlas seems to consistently contradict himself. He repeatedly refers to the beauty in which Ginsberg portrays his view of the world and the power behind his poetry. But when speaking about specific poems, Atlas?s tone tends to overlook the important aspects of them, especially in terms of their serious tone and their lasting value. In the opening of A Modern Whitman, Atlas, in a variety

of ways, paid a great deal of respect to Ginsberg. The article as a whole, though, would have been both more meaningful and powerful had he chosen to focus on one of the categories of poetry within which Ginsberg wrote. Instead, each of the genres Ginsberg highlighted throughout various pieces was lightly touched on in this article. Additionally, Atlas makes mention of the fact that much of Ginsberg?s poetry will only be valuable in the future for its statements on the era in which it was written. The argument that these poems are records of past political situations is repeated in numerous ways throughout the article. In a quote from Ginsberg?s notes in Collected Poems, the message is conveyed that the poet feels that these poems hold great significance to the youth of the

1980?s. Throughout his writing, Ginsberg has conveyed the message that youth, both of yesterday and today, blinded by television and propaganda, must have its eyes opened. This poetry has the intense power of making people, both young and old, aware of the truth about the world around them. Atlas?s article did, as was intended, accomplish the goal of thoroughly proving that there is a value to Ginsberg?s poetry in terms of recording history. The poems about travel around the U.S. are discussed, and it?s cited that Ginsberg beautifully described what he saw of them as a Beat throughout them. Additionally, Atlas commented on the strength of poems such as War, Profit, Litany in terms of excellently portraying current events in regards to the government and the populace of the era.