Since industrial and mechanical diction - and the imagery it evokes - heavily conveys the environmental message running throughout Allen Ginsberg's poem, "Sunflower Sutra," this lesson pre-teaches vocabulary, activates prior knowledge about industrial pollution from science class, and provides a during-reading graphic organizer on which to record and diagram the industrial appearance of the Sunflower. To determine the scientific accuracy of the poem, we even compared the external effect of industrial pollution on the Sunflower i. With Tier 3 vocabulary being content area-specific jargon - and thus vocabulary less able to be inferred from context - we took a look at the industrial terms and a scientific term - i. First, scan the six words on the list and rate them based on your immediate knowledge of them. The following table outlines the rating system to be used:. After rating our prior knowledge of the jargon, we split up the list and looked up the definitions in our classroom dictionaries.
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One of the most respected Beat writers and acclaimed American poets of his generation, Allen Ginsberg was born on June 3, in Newark, New Jersey and raised in nearby Paterson, the son of an English teacher and Russian expatriate.
Prose Home Harriet Blog. Visit Home Events Exhibitions Library. Newsletter Subscribe Give. Poetry Foundation. Back to Previous. Sunflower Sutra. By Allen Ginsberg. I walked on the banks of the tincan banana dock and sat down under the huge shade of a Southern Pacific locomotive to look at the sunset over the box house hills and cry. Jack Kerouac sat beside me on a busted rusty iron pole, companion, we thought the same thoughts of the soul, bleak and blue and sad-eyed, surrounded by the gnarled steel roots of trees of machinery.
The oily water on the river mirrored the red sky, sun sank on top of final Frisco peaks, no fish in that stream, no hermit in those mounts, just ourselves rheumy-eyed and hung-over like old bums on the riverbank, tired and wily. Look at the Sunflower, he said, there was a dead gray shadow against the sky, big as a man, sitting dry on top of a pile of ancient sawdust—. Unholy battered old thing you were, my sunflower O my soul, I loved you then!
A perfect beauty of a sunflower! How many flies buzzed round you innocent of your grime, while you cursed the heavens of the railroad and your flower soul? Poor dead flower? You were never no locomotive, Sunflower, you were a sunflower! And you Locomotive, you are a locomotive, forget me not! So I grabbed up the skeleton thick sunflower and stuck it at my side like a scepter,.
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Summary and Analysis of Sunflower Sutra by Allen Ginsberg
We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations , prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life. Today's meditation features a portion of a poem by the late American Beat poet Allen Ginsberg. A perfect beauty of a sunflower! How many flies buzzed round you innocent of your grime, while you cursed the heavens of the railroad and your flower soul? Poor dead flower?
Allen Ginsberg's Poetry Summary and Analysis of "Sunflower Sutra"
One of the most respected Beat writers and acclaimed American poets of his generation, Allen Ginsberg was born on June 3, in Newark, New Jersey and raised in nearby Paterson, the son of an English teacher and Russian expatriate. Prose Home Harriet Blog. Visit Home Events Exhibitions Library. Newsletter Subscribe Give. Poetry Foundation. Back to Previous. Sunflower Sutra.
The “Sutra” in Ginsberg’s “Sunflower”: A Close Reading of Allen Ginsberg’s “Sunflower Sutra”
It represents many of the themes that Ginsberg would take up throughout his career. An aphorism is a kind of quick line - spoken or written - that uses wit or humor to state a deep seeded truth. The sunflower has many representations throughout the poem, but it means to finally suggest an America that has been tarnished and battered, but contains the ability to be redeemed and to be beautiful once again. In fact, the sunflower still holds the form of beauty inside of it, an Aristotelean view of beauty, and that beauty can shine forth if only people expand their thought to understand it as such. In this way, America and its core values - freedom of expression, progressive political and social thought - contains the inner form of beauty. Ginsberg sees himself, in the line of Romantic poets, as a prophet whose job it is to show this beauty to a country that has become rotten at its core. Each line does not contain a specific number of beats or syllables but is instead meant to move with the rhythm of breath.