The religious beliefs and a belief of purity

The poem “America” by Allen Ginsberg is a biased argument about America going through aggravation and frustration.  Throughout the poem the speaker, Allen Ginsberg presents America to have human feelings, in others words being personified.  In the beginning of the poem, Ginsberg starts to ask questions why situations in America are the way they are; atom bombs and the Cold War. Since this poem was written in the year of 1956.  He describes how tired and rundown he is of this.  While the poem progresses he starts to show that enough is enough and in order to get things done one must do it themselves.To begin with, in the beginning of the poem Ginsberg sets the subject and tone for the reader.  For example Ginsberg declares his frustration in the first sentence in his poem, “America I’ve given you all and now I’m nothing.”  He starts with declaring that he has given all that he has got to America however, nothing was left in return.  The first sentence shows his imincay towards America and how he has hatred towards it.  After that Ginsberg describes the tone through the context of his questions.  For instance his second question, “America when will you be angelic?”  His indication about the angel is a symbol of religion or peace.  This question shows that America is not as fresh as it was before and doesn’t possess its own values or beliefs of religion meaning America isn’t as “angelic”.  This line also is personification since Ginsberg is giving America religious beliefs and a belief of purity like a human does.Furthermore,  Allen Ginsberg puts his voice into this poem which is a rhythm.  In his writing he starts off slow.  Then, gradually starts to speed up and the lines start to flow into each other and to make the more effective Ginsberg adds in periods to increase more energy and speed to the lines.  Through all of his lines he has set a train type of rhythm like the chugging sound of a train.  For instance, “Them Russians them Russians and them Chinamen. And them Russians,” has that same tempo.  With this the reader is able to develop the mood of anger and hatred.  The energy and the pace of the poem creates encouragement and development for the reader to have the same feelings as Ginsberg as well.For this reason, Ginsberg has to have poetic devices to emulate this to the reader.  The poet uses metaphors to compare himself as America.  For instance, “It occurs to me that I am America.”  He is comparing himself to America and he is starting to see that the positions of career and personhood within the American life, makes him part of America just like anyone else.  To continue with, Ginsberg uses personification to show how America isn’t the same anymore, “America why are your libraries full of tears?”.  He is explaining how free information and free expression in libraries in America are, “full of tears” in other words in pain.  While the poem progresses Ginsberg uses the imagery, “America the plum blossoms are falling.”  In the Eastern culture, the plum blossom is a symbol of peace.  Therefore, by using this image from another culture and country, he is attempting to tell America it is isn’t nice at all.  Hence, that it is the East that will pave the path to a better world.  In addition, Ginsberg in the third stanza uses an allusion, “America I feel sentimental about the Wobblies.”  The nickname, Wobblies was given to The Industrial Works of the World (IWW), which is an international workers union that was a very strong social and political group in Ginsberg childhood.  The group had a very strong belief on abolishing wages and all workers should be united as a class.  However, the United States government very harshly criticized the Wobblies therefore the group shutdown during World War I.  His mother Naomi Ginsberg had very firm Communist views through her life and whenever there was a meetings of a communist group she would bring Ginsberg and his brother with.  In this line Ginsberg is admitting his sentimental feeling towards communism.  In the end Ginsberg makes his final statement of his desire to put work towards America to make it better and this can only be done if one stands up and does the work.