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Howl Section III, Lines 111 - 112

By Allen Ginsberg

Section III, Lines 111 - 112

Line 111

I'm with you in Rockland where we wake up electrified out of the coma by our own souls' airplanes roaring over the roof they've come to drop angelic bombs the hospital illuminates itself imaginary walls collapse O skinny legions run outside O starry spangled shock of mercy the eternal war is here O victory forget your underwear we're free

  • The hospital becomes a war zone and all the patients ("skinny legions") are set free (without their underwear, too!) by their "own souls' airplanes."
  • The speaker imagines a world in which the insane have the power to oppose the society that has locked them up. Talk about ending a poem with a bang.

Line 112

I'm with you in Rockland in my dreams you walk dripping from a sea-journey on the highway across America in tears to the door of my cottage in the Western night

  • Having been set free, Solomon walks across country to reunite with the speaker. Paradoxically, the speaker calls this a "sea-journey."
  • Ginsberg wrote this poem in his cottage in Berkeley, California, so we assume that Solomon will meet him there. But the speaker also admits that this scenario is just a "dream."