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America

America

by Allen Ginsberg

Analysis: Allusions

When poets refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Literary and Philosophical References:

  • William S. Burroughs (17)

Historical References:

  • The atom bomb (5)
  • Leon Trotsky (11)
  • The Bengal Famine (13)
  • The Wobblies (27)
  • Karl Marx (33)
  • President John F. Kennedy (53)
  • Tom Mooney (57)
  • Spanish Loyalists (58)
  • Sacco and Vanzetti (59)
  • The Scottsboro Boys (60)
  • Scott Nearing (61)
  • Mother Bloor (61)
  • Israel Amter (61)

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