by Allen Ginsberg
Howl Freedom and Confinement Quotes
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Moloch! Moloch! Robot apartments! invisible suburbs! skeleton treasuries! blind capitals! demonic industries! spectral nations! invincible mad houses! granite cocks! monstrous bombs! (line 88)
Moloch stands for mental and physical confinement. The speaker believes that American consumerism and the military-industrial complex have been corrosive on personal freedom.
I'm with you in Rockland where the faculties of the skull no longer admit the worms of the senses
I'm with you in Rockland where you drink the tea of the breasts of the spinsters of Utica
I'm with you in Rockland where you pun on the bodies of your nurses the harpies of the Bronx (lines 101-103)
Carl Solomon is physically confined by the walls of the Rockland hospital, but the more serious confinement occurs in his mind, which will "no longer admit" normal perception. We don't know whether "the spinster of Utica" is real or a figment of his imagination.
I'm with you in Rockland where you bang on the catatonic piano the soul is innocent and immortal it should never die ungodly in an armed madhouse (line 105)
The speaker maintains that Solomon's soul is pure even as his mind goes to seed. He regards it as a tragedy for the soul to be confined within a mental hospital.