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America

America

by Allen Ginsberg

Visions of America Quotes Page 1

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Quote #1

America why are your libraries full of tears? (12)

What does it mean if a country's libraries are filled with tears? To start general, we're guessing that's bad, mmmkay? Crying in the library is not the best way to spend an afternoon (believe us), but we don't think that the speaker is being literal here. Instead, we think he's on about a general lack of knowledge, and a poor regard for books and learning. In short, American libraries aren't the happening joints that this speaker feels they should be. They could be, though.

Quote #2

America when will you send your eggs to India? (13)

Come on, America! Quit bogarting the eggs! This line criticizes America's lack of aid to foreign countries in need. In this case in particular, the speaker wants America to help India, which suffered through a terrible famine in 1943 that killed millions.

Quote #3

America after all it is you and I who are perfect not the next world. (16)

Here the speaker is being sarcastic, pointing out that America is really quite pleased with itself as a rule. In fact, he says, America is sooooo great that it's even better than heaven. Sweet. You know who else is that great? The speaker—what with his myriad mental problems—is that great. See what we mean? The speaker does not excuse himself from the same criticisms he levies at America; he thinks that they're both the pits.

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