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.  

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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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