Ginsberg’s “Woe unto thee Manhattan” (An Early Sonnet)

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AG: I think.. I wrote.. When I first read Jack Kerouac’s first book, I wrote a sonnet imitating this, that ended something like.. something very similar with “Woe unto..” (yes, “Sion is…”  “Sion lies waste, and thy Jerusalem,/ O Lord, is fall’n to utter desolation

Woe unto thee, Manhattan, woe to thee,

Woe unto all the cities of the world.

Repent, Chicagos, O repent; ah, me!

Los Angeles, now thou art gone so wild,

I think thou art still mighty, yet shall be,

As the earth shook, and San Francisco fell,

An angel in an agony of … Read More

Fulke Greville & Hart Crane’s Atlantis

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AG: – Is [Hart Crane’s] ”Atlantis in here? – where you’ll find something similar [to Fulke Greville] there. The reason I was thinking of that little poem is that it’s got a lot of.. it’s a seminal poem that a lot of people have heard that got a little vibe out of – Crane’s Atlantis, and, if it’s not here, I’ll bring it in some other time …. Nine-forty-three..Hart? what? One-thousand-and-eighty-three – Hart Crane.. I’ll see if I can find a similar piece of rhetoric…No, “Atlantis” isn’t here.. Well, okay I’ll substitute for that another piece of … Read More

“False flames spiritual but infernal” (more Fulke Greville)

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Fulke Greville (1554-1628)

Student: Nor with false flames spiritual but infernal/Dry up Thy Mercy’s ever springing fountains.”

AG: Yeah, I like that line too. The reason I like that line , that is.. What’s your kick on that?

Student: I don’t know, It seems like thought, just the idea of, like, spiritual hypocrisy again

AG: Well, the idea there is.. Alright, yes – The Christ’s “false flames spiritual but infernal”, (or  the acid-heads’ “false flames spiritual but infernal”, if you want to give it a present application). But, what I like about that line, particularly, is “nor with..” … Read More

‘….sensual, insatiable vast womb” (Fulke Greville)

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AG: …Babylon – “That sensual, insatiable vast womb,/ Of thy seen Church”, (“sensual”, you know, fucking, and cocksucking, and having banquets, and having boys. At this time, particularly, I guess during Renaissance times, the Church was particularly luxurious and amusing – and “insatiable” (like, getting in money, bringing in money) – “Vast womb” would refer to the whore of Babylon – “ Of thy seen Church, Thy unseen Church disgraceth” – (actually.. I don’t go over these poems very much in terms of meaning, tho’ they’re… partly because I’m … Read More

Six Silver Poets

 

   [Fulke Greville]                           
[Sir Philip Sidney]
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[Robert Southwell]
[ Samuel Daniel]
[Michael Drayton]

AG: For the next session can you read Fulke Greville. Student: What page is that? AG: Fulke Greville.  (And)..Well, page 171, some of (Sir Philip) Sidney‘s Sonnets, Sidney’s Sonnets (176, 77) Song by George Peele on page 183, Robert Southwell“The Burning Babe” on page 186, Samuel Daniel, “Care Charmer Sleep”, Sonnet, (page 187), “Are There Shadows?” (page 190) and Michael Drayton‘s Sonnet (on page 195), Number 61  (“Since there’s no help, come, let us kiss and part”) – … Read More