Howl
Howl
by Allen Ginsberg

Section III, Lines 106 - 110 Summary

Get out the microscope, because we’re going through this poem line-by-line.

Line 106

I'm with you in Rockland where fifty more shocks will never return your soul to its body again from its pilgrimage to a cross in the void

  • While at the Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, Solomon received intense electric shocks as part of his treatment (source). This "shock therapy" disturbed Ginsberg greatly.
  • In this line, the speaker claims that the shocks will do nothing to restore Solomon's sanity.

Line 107

I'm with you in Rockland where you accuse your doctors of insanity and plot the Hebrew socialist revolution against the fascist national Golgotha

  • Solomon suffers from paranoia and accuses his doctors of being the crazy ones.
  • He tries to plot a "revolution" to take on the "fascists."

Line 108

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

  • "Rockland" is located in Long Island, New York.
  • The speaker says that Solomon will "resurrect the living human Jesus," (Jesus as man) as opposed to the "superhuman" Jesus (Christ as God).
  • The speaker prefers to think of Jesus as being human like us rather than being above us. Obviously, this position flies in the face of Christian doctrine.

Line 109

I'm with you in Rockland where there are twenty-five-thousand mad comrades all together singing the final stanzas of the Internationale

  • Solomon imagines that the hospital is filled with Communists, and everyone sings the "Internationale," the Communist version of the national anthem.
  • The anthem begins, "Arise ye workers from your slumbers, arise ye prisoners of want" (Source).

Line 110

I'm with you in Rockland where we hug and kiss the United States under our bedsheets the United States that coughs all night and won't let us sleep

  • Looks like there's some hanky-panky going on between the speaker, Solomon, and the "United States," which is personified as another insane, sick person.
  • They "hug and kiss" in bed together.

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