The Macksey Journal


“Howl” by Allen Ginsberg is no longer controversial in American Literature. It would be seen the amazing ode to the pioneering of the counterculture by stepping into the position of the social and literary taboos (Levine, 485.) But, how does it pioneer in American Lit and how to learn the crafts to create the imageries handled by one of the greatest American poets in the 20th Century would still be quite attractive to today’s readers, especially because those imageries pair with the ideas that are taboo or they are taboo themselves. Reckoning the frequencies of the author-stylized common syntaxes employed in “Howl,” the author of this article aims to describe the ways Allen Ginsberg makes his readers feel familiar about and like the ugly, taboo imageries. Those special syntaxes, in the synthesizing with the playful onomatopoeias, are used by Ginsberg to create the meaningful metonymies that represent the “ugly” imageries as the familiar beauties. However, the questions, “Why does he create those ugly imageries? Are they really ugly? For what he does do that?” will be answered.