What are similarities and differences in reading section I of Ginsberg's Howl and reading Whitman's Song of Myself? Section I of Howl may suggest Whitman strongly, especially those passages in Song of Myself in which Whitman offers us a tour of many different Americans and their work and personal experiences.
The main difference between Ginsberg and Whitman (whom Ginsberg respected and admitted to being influenced by) lie in the fact that Ginsberg is much more "raw" in his expression.
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix
Ginsberg sees a world that is fractured and torn apart, but fighting to maintain individual identity within that world. Whitman is more hopeful for the world and his place in it:
The atmosphere is not a perfume, it has...
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