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Lawrence Ferlinghetti and The Beats. By Jen Meya and Amelia Cooke. Objectives. Students will learn characteristics of beat poetry Students will develop an understand of some of Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s poetry Students will be able to analyse one of his poems. What is beat poetry?.

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lawrence ferlinghetti and the beats

Lawrence FerlinghettiandThe Beats

By Jen Meya and Amelia Cooke

objectives
Objectives
  • Students will learn characteristics of beat poetry
  • Students will develop an understand of some of Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s poetry
  • Students will be able to analyse one of his poems
what is beat poetry
What is beat poetry?

Beat poetry contains certain essentials such as:

  • spontaneity
  • open emotion
  • visceral engagement in gritty world experiences
  • spiritual yearning
facts of life
Facts of Life

-Lawrence Ferlinghetti (born March 24, 1919)

-poet who is best known as the co-owner of the City Lights Bookstore and publishing house

-published early literary works of the Beat Generation, including Jack Kerouac, Kenneth Rexroth and Allen Ginsberg.

-best-known collection of poetry is A Coney Island of the Mind

-also enjoys painting

-Ferlinghetti's poetry countered the literary elite's definition of art and the artist's role in the world. Though imbued with the commonplace, his poetry cannot be simply described as polemic (a controversial argument ) or personal protest, for it stands on his craftsmanship, thematics, and grounding in tradition.

themes
Themes
  • Among his themes are:
  • the beauty of natural world
  • the tragicomic life of the common man
  • the plight of the individual in mass society
  • and the dream and betrayal of democracy
sometime during eternity
Sometime during eternitysome guys show upand one of themwho shows up real lateis a kind of carpenterfrom some square-type placelike Galileeand he starts wailingand claiming he is hepto who made heavenand earthand that the catwho really laid it on usis his Dad

And moreoverhe addsIt's all writ downon some scroll-type parchmentswhich some henchmenleave lying around the Dead Sea somewheresa long time agoand which you won't even findfor a coupla thousand years or soor at least forninteen hundred and fortysevenof themto be exactand even thennobody really believes themor mefor that matter

Sometime During Eternity
continued
You're hotthey tell himAnd they cool himThey stretch him on the Tree to coolAnd everybody after thatis always making modelsof this Treewith Him hung upand always crooning His nameand calling Him to come downand sit inon their comboas if he is THE king catwho's got to blowor they can't quite make it

Only he don't come downfrom His TreeHim just hang thereon His Treelooking real Petered outand real cooland alsoaccording to a roundupof late world newsfrom the usual unreliable sourcesreal dead

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analysis
Analysis
  • a second hand account of the story of Jesus
  • language used is very “common man” and very “today” The phrase “petered out” used near the end of the poems seems to have originated in the mining camps of America in the 19th century.
  • a type of cynical or laissez faire voice
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Continued
  • For example the repetitive use of the word “some” in the first part gives the story almost no importance. It almost sounds like a joke you would tell to a group of friends, you would say “So some guys walk into a bar” and in the poem he says “Sometime during eternity some guys show up...”
  • He has not planned to tell this story. The speaker is not thinking before he is speaking but is being rather spontaneous.
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  • This poems gives the impression that the speaker is not very religious
  • He does not believe the story he is being told. The last line “real dead” to me means that he is looking at the world today and based on what he sees, he cannot believe this story.
i am waiting
I am waiting for my case to come up

and I am waiting

for a rebirth of wonder

and I am waiting for someone

to really discover America

and wail

and I am waiting

for the discovery

Of a new symbolic western frontier

and I am waiting

for the American Eagle

to really spread its wings

and straighten up and fly right

and I am waiting for the Age of Anxiety

to drop dead

and I am waiting

for the war to be fought

which will make the world safe

for anarchy

and I am waiting for the final withering away

of all governments

and I am perpetually awaiting

a rebirth of wonder

I am waiting..
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I am waiting for the second coming

And I am waiting

For a religious revival

To sweep thru the state of Arizona

And I am waiting

For the grapes of wrath to stored

And I am waiting

For them to prove

That God is really American

And I am waiting

To see God on television

Piped into church altars

If they can find

The right channel

To tune it in on

And I am waiting

for the last supper to be served again

and a strange new appetizer

and I am perpetually awaiting

a rebirth of wonder

I am waiting for my number to be called

and I am waiting

for the Salvation Army to take over

and I am waiting

for the meek to be blessed

and inherit the earth

without taxes

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and I am waiting

for forests and animals

to reclaim the earth as theirs

and I am waiting

for a way to be devised

to destroy all nationalisms

without killing anybody

and I am waiting

for linnets and planets to fall like rain

and I am waiting for lovers and weepers

to lie down together again

in a new rebirth of wonder

I am waiting for the great divide to be crossed

and I anxiously waiting

For the secret of eternal life to be discovered

By an obscure practitioner

and I am waiting

for the storms of life

to be over

and I am waiting to set sail for happiness

and I am waiting

for a reconstructed Mayflower

to reach America

with its picture story and TV rights

sold in advance to the natives

and I am waiting

for the lost music to sound again

in the Lost Continent

in a new rebirth of wonder

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I am waiting for the day

that maketh all things clear

and I am waiting for retribution

for what America did to Tom Sawyer

and I am waiting

for the American Boy

to take off Beauty's clothes

and get on top of her

and I am waiting for Alice in Wonderland

to retransmit to me

her total dream of innocence

and I am waiting

for Childe Roland to come

to the final darkest tower

and I am waiting for Aphrodite

to grow live arms

at a final disarmament conference

in a new rebirth of wonder

I am waiting

to get some intimations

of immortality

by recollecting my early childhood

and I am waiting

for the green mornings to come again

for some strains of unpremeditated art

to shake my typewriter

and I am waiting to write

the great indelible poem

and I am waiting

for the last long rapture

and I am perpetually waiting

for the fleeting lovers on the Grecian Urn

to catch each other at last

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to catch each other at last

and embrace

and I am awaiting

perpetually and forever

a renaissance of wonder

…………………………..
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Analysis
  • Ferlinghetti's poetry is powerful, deceptively simple verse with more than one messageSuch as: . How the general public is corrupting our living             . Teaching people about themselves             . Their flaws and their potential              . Telling people to get back to reality             . Tries to figure out what is the true meaning of life
  • -His poetry uses plain language to expound upon everything from childhood to social and political alteration and the quiet joys of everyday life-According to ferlinghetti, he feels that the secret of life hasn't been discoveredex. " waiting for the secret of life to be discovered " In this poem he states " I am waiting for the storms to be over"- it seems that he means that our world is so corrupt that we are so obsessed with the same old life style that we can't even see beyond of what we're looking for which is really nothing
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Continued
  • -Most of his poems uses sarcasm to illustrate the message. It reflects on innocence and hopefulness- I am waiting is about political and social issues that concerned Ferlinghetti- It reflects his criticism in many areas, explaining how he's tired - he's waiting for us to just start all over again           . example of this is how he states at the end of each paragraph "a rebirth of wonder" and then "a renaissance of wonder"
the end

The End

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