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Howl

Howl

by Allen Ginsberg

Rules and Order Quotes

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Quote #7

Moloch whose mind is pure machinery! Moloch whose blood is running money! Moloch whose fingers are ten armies! Moloch whose breast is a cannibal dynamo! Moloch whose ear is a smoking tomb!
Moloch whose eyes are a thousand blind windows! Moloch whose love is endless oil and stone! Moloch whose soul is electricity and banks! Moloch whose poverty is the specter of genius! Moloch whose fate is a cloud of sexless hydrogen! Moloch whose name is the Mind! (lines 83-85)

You may have heard of the concept of the "body politic" used to describe a country. Ginsberg turns Moloch into a Godzilla-like "body anti-politic," tearing at the bond between citizens. His body parts are instruments of capitalist and military might. Rather than produce order, they destroy it. Moloch is a false idol.

Quote #8

Moloch in whom I sit lonely! Moloch in whom I dream Angels! Crazy in Moloch! Cocksucker in Moloch! Lacklove and manless in Moloch!
Moloch who entered my soul early! Moloch in whom I am a consciousness without a body! Moloch who frightened me out of my natural ecstasy! Moloch whom I abandon! Wake up in Moloch! Light streaming out of the sky! (lines 86-87)

From resembling a huge monster trampling on America's working class, Moloch becomes a bubble in which the speaker lives, a soundproof room in which he goes mad.

Quote #9

I'm with you in Rockland where you accuse your doctors of insanity and plot the Hebrew socialist revolution against the fascist national Golgotha
I'm with you in Rockland where you will split the heavens of Long Island and resurrect your living human Jesus from the superhuman tomb
I'm with you in Rockland where there are twenty-five-thousand mad comrades all together singing the final stanzas of the Internationale (lines 107-109)

The patients of the psychiatric hospital plan a "revolution" to counter the "fascist" elements of society. "Fascist" is an insult commonly hurled at conservatives by progressives, just like "Commie" was a insult hurled at liberals by conservatives. Carl Solomon lives in a world of stark political poles.

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