Sunflower Sutra

4 April 2015
An analysis of Allan Ginsberg’s poem, Sunflower Sutra.

A descriptive analysis of Allan Ginsberg’s poem, “Sunflower Sutra.” The paper analyzes the poem’s commentary on society, technology and conformity, through looking at the language and imagery contained within the poem. The poem speaks of a bleak, miserable world and Ginsberg’s attitudes toward society are analyzed in detail.
“The car and the tin cans emanate sickness. Their weakness alludes to system failure, to an existence so frenetic and unnatural that the only available conclusion could be “burn out.” The personification of such objects, alongside “the cunts of wheelbarrows” and “the milky breasts of cars”, makes reference to a world in which roles have been reversed so that modernity is the new “man,” its precedence over all blocking our right to an otherwise natural existence. Man’s absence in the scene, coupled with the pervading sense of darkness, both suggest that the sacrifices made in order to establish a landscape as modern can be only detrimental and exhaustive. The rubber dollar bills illustrate the falsity and meaninglessness of the scene facing Ginsberg.”
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