ALLEN GINSBERG SUNFLOWER SUTRA PDF

As the poem, the descriptions and the observations continue the speaker finds a profound meaning. The speaker, a fisherman or perhaps fisherwoman , has caught a fish. The reader experiences a major pause between the catching and releasing of the fish. The speaker seems impressed not by the size of the fish but its ability to endure. The speaker observes five gruesome hooks broken off in the tattered lip of the fish and describes them: Like medals with their ribbons frayed and wavering, a five-haired beard of wisdom trailing from his aching jaw. The fish might have been old and tattered but this fish still had life within him.

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As the poem, the descriptions and the observations continue the speaker finds a profound meaning. The speaker, a fisherman or perhaps fisherwoman , has caught a fish. The reader experiences a major pause between the catching and releasing of the fish.

The speaker seems impressed not by the size of the fish but its ability to endure. The speaker observes five gruesome hooks broken off in the tattered lip of the fish and describes them: Like medals with their ribbons frayed and wavering, a five-haired beard of wisdom trailing from his aching jaw.

The fish might have been old and tattered but this fish still had life within him. The speaker lets the fish go. This object of beauty has taken on the pollution of industry.

While confused by the bleakness of the sunflower Ginsberg admonishes nature for its absolute resilience. The sunflower ultimately serves to represent an America that has deterred from the America of the American Dream, however, it is an America that can recover and can endure. The poem begins with Ginsberg and Jack Keouac lamenting the carelessness of industry and thus begins the crisis.

The reader experiences his or her own crisis and he or she searches the natural setting for a beauty associated with nature but finds only desolation. Ginsberg brings in another symbol at this point, the locomotive.

The locomotive, once a symbol of the American dream moving forward and the progression of America, is now just as bleak and desolate as the sunflower and the surrounding environment. The America that Ginsberg is witnessing is represented by the tattered, gray sunflower.

But the America that America truly is and always will be is the golden, fruitful inside of the sunflower, the depths of the seeds and the tap root that allow the sunflower and America to latch on for dear life, to endure, to persevere and to grow.

Just as the sunflower has endured, so we shall endure and just as the sunflower has continued to grow, so we shall continue to grow despite any opposition.

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Ginsberg’s Sunflowers

He largely opposed militarism, economic materialism and sexual repression and composed most of his poems associated with the aspects of counterculture like his views on drugs, hostility to bureaucracy and acceptance to Eastern religions. Introduction to Sunflower Sutra: This poem by Allen Ginsberg addresses multiple problems faced by the public in the modern society. Like his other poems, Ginsberg leaves the reader with a glimpse of hope before opening up about the implications of the modern world. The sunflower has many interpretations, but is mainly a mirror to the condition of the American society that has been tarnished by its people but yet holds the capacity to face the sun each morning and become its beautiful self again. In the beginning of the poem, a ray of hope is portrayed by Ginsberg in the first few lines. He later speaks of the tarnished modern life values in the American society such as freedom of expression, progressive political and social thought- all that direct towards the inner form of beauty of this poem.

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