In my Kerouac & Ginsberg course, I analyzed Allen Ginsberg’s poem “America” from 1956 and tried to understand his political viewpoint during the Cold War.
“Throughout the poem, Ginsberg refers to America as ‘you,’ ‘we,’ and ‘I.’ He is realizing that despite his criticism for America, he is not separate from it. ‘I’m addressing you. … It occurs to me that I am America. I am talking to myself again.'”