He also coedits the Walt Whitman Archivea resource for scholars and students around the world.
The poem[ edit ] "A Supermarket in California" is a prose poem with an irregular format that does not adhere to traditional poetic form including stanza and rhyme scheme.
The format is a resemblance of the long-winded aspect of speech. The long-line style is attributed to Whitman and "as with Whitman, by the time we have traversed the stretch of one of these long lines, we have experienced a rapid set of transformations.
The form of Ginsberg's poem comes from "his knowledge of Walt Whitman's long-line style"  which was an experiment for Ginsberg before he adapted it to all his works later on.
In the opening line, the poet addresses Whitman, or Whitman's spirit as he finds himself "shopping for images", which Douglas Allen Burns suggests puts a capitalist spin on the situation described in the poem. In her opinion, "America" is not described as being a physical place but one that exists in the imagination of the poet and can "live and die only with him".
Lorca was a famous Spanish poet and playwright who had died inyet his spirit appears in the supermarket in when the poem is written.
Lorca's works were often classified as surrealistic and were considered to have homoerotic tones. Ah, dear father, greybeard, lonely old courage- teacher, what America did you have when Charon quit poling his ferry and you got out on a smoking bank and stood watching the boat disappear in the black waters of Lethe?
In Greek mythologyCharon was the ferryman who carried the dead into the underworld, across the river Styx.
The River Lethe was a different river in the underworld, which caused those who drank its waters to experience complete forgetfulness. The shades of the dead were required to drink the waters of the Lethe in order to forget their earthly life. Critical analysis[ edit ] In Story Line, Ian Marshall suggests that the poem is written to show the differences in American life depicted by Whitman and that which faces Ginsberg in the s: Who killed the pork chops?
Fone states that sexuality, specifically homosexuality, plays a key role in the poem's presentation of reality: The poetry of Lorca and Whitman, to Burns, express a value system that contradicts everything the modern supermarket represents.
Whereas "love" is what America represents in the works of previous poets, the America of Ginsberg's poetry is best presented through poetical references to "supermarkets and automobiles".
Whitman, Ginsberg, and a Bisexual Poetics", suggests that the poem presents sexuality as one of several opposing forces in the novel.
Selby states that the binary opposites of heterosexuality and homosexuality function in the poem in the same manner as other opposites that make up the major themes of the work: Unamerican, and counterculture vs.
He adds that Ginsberg ironically uses the setting of the supermarket to show how mainstream culture forces conformity upon the consumer, highlighting the "radical sexuality" of the poet and putting it into a broader social context.Allen Ginsberg CD Poetry Collection: Booklet and CD [Allen Ginsberg] on timberdesignmag.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.
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A Supermarket in California by Allen Ginsberg Prev Article Next Article Here is an analysis of the poem A Supermarket in California by Allen Ginsberg, one of the leaders of the Beat Generation. It’s hard to read Kerouac or Ginsberg and not think of the father of American poetry, Walt Whitman.
Well, it’s hard for me. I’ve spent four years studying American literature, and it’s hard to look at anything post-Whitman without thinking of him.
Emerson called for an American poet, . Product Description. Howl has been out of print since 'fortunately for us, Ginsberg laid the plans for this reissue before he passed away in April