What is the content and genre of Gregory Corso poem called "Love Poem for Three for Kaye & Me"?I am trying to determine the content and genre of this communication but I need help...

What is the content and genre of Gregory Corso poem called "Love Poem for Three for Kaye & Me"?

I am trying to determine the content and genre of this communication but I need help finding out these things since I am not good with knowing aspects to poetry.

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Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Gregory Corso was part of the Ginsberg/Kerouack Beat Generation that adopted a new Bohemianism in poetry and other writings. There was a great debate as to whether their writings were qualified to be literary or not. The Beat Generation, also called less flatteringly beatniks, followed the post-World War "lost" generation represented, for example, by Hemingway, and was characterized by a continuing sense of weariness, as in "I'm beat." There was also a sense of beatitude as they sought avenues of bliss, though generally their disillusionment was predominant.

The meaning of Corso's poem hinges upon several more rarely used English words. Once you define these, the poem begins to reveal itself:

  • fillet: a ribbon often worn as a headband
  • vair: a fur trim
  • regnant: reigning or ruling
  • Assisi: the home of St. Francis of Assisi
  • wicce: another word for the Scandinavian female prophetesses and practitioners of wand related magic called Volvas
  • behest: at the command of

In this poem, Corso is celebrating spousal love and the act of intimacy that produces an offspring. He suggests the woman's radiance and power through such phrases as "damask spins of raiment" and "reganat adornments." He describes spousal intimacy in lines like "passionately renting it to shreds." He heralds the conception of progeny by saying:

the continuum
by thy behest
I bequeathed

In keeping with the characteristics of the new Bohemianism of the Beat Generation, the poem has striking incongruences of language (i.e., vocabulary and diction) along with a sense of eccentric social and moral sensibilities.

greininger | Student

Corso was living in San Francisco with Kay McDonough. She was pregnant with a wonderful child, a boy who would be named Nile. Nile was the ?

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