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Hum Bom! Analysis



Author: poem of Allen Ginsberg Type: poem Views: 16

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I



Whom bomb?

We bomb them!

Whom bomb?

We bomb them!

Whom bomb?

We bomb them!

Whom bomb?

We bomb them!



Whom bomb?

You bomb you!

Whom bomb?

You bomb you!

Whom bomb?

You bomb you!

Whom bomb?

You bomb you!



What do we do?

Who do we bomb?

What do we do?

Who do we bomb?

What do we do?

Who do we bomb?

What do we do?

Who do we bomb?



What do we do?

You bomb! You bomb them!

What do we do?

You bomb! You bomb them!

What do we do?

We bomb! We bomb them!

What do we do?

We bomb! We bomb them!



Whom bomb?

We bomb you!

Whom bomb?

We bomb you!

Whom bomb?

You bomb you!

Whom bomb?

You bomb you!



                                        May 1971

                                        

II



Why bomb?

We don't want to bomb!

Why bomb?

We don't want to bomb!

Why bomb?

You don't want to bomb!

Why bomb?

You don't want to bomb!



Who said bomb?

Who said we had to bomb?

Who said bomb?

Who said we had to bomb?

Who said bomb?

Who said you had to bomb?

Who said bomb?

Who said you had to bomb?



We don't bomb!

We don't bomb!

We don't bomb!

We don't bomb!

We don't bomb!

We don't bomb!

We don't bomb!

We don't bomb!



                                        for Don Cherry and Elvin Jones

                                        New York, June 16, 1984




III



Armageddon did the job

Gog & Magog Gog & Magog

Armageddon did the job

Gog & Magog Gog & Magog

Gog & Magog Gog & Magog

Armageddon does the job

Gog & Magog Gog & Magog

Armageddon does the job



Armageddon for the mob

Gog & Magog Gog & Magog

Armageddon for the mob

Gog & Magog Gog & Magog



Gog & Magog Gog & Magog

Gog Magog Gog Magog

Gog & Magog Gog & Magog

Gog Magog Gog Magog



Gog Magog Gog Magog

Gog Magog Gog Magog

Gog Magog Gog Magog

Gog Magog Gog Magog



Ginsberg says Gog & Magog

Armageddon did the job.



                                        February - June 1991                            






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“Gog and Magog” are not simply incoherent mumblings of Ginsberg’s speaker meant to communicate their blind, animalistic urge to espouse war (although these certainly do that). Gog and Magog is a reference to Hebrew and potentially Christian scripture. Wikipedia summarized Gog and Magog thusly:
“Gog and Magog (/ɡɒɡ/; /ˈmeɪɡɒɡ/; Hebrew: גּוֹג וּמָגוֹג‎ Gog u-Magog) in the Hebrew Bible may be individuals, peoples, or lands; a prophesied enemy nation of God's people according to the Book of Ezekiel, and one of the nations according to Genesis descended from Japheth, son of Noah.
The Gog prophecy is meant to be fulfilled at the approach of what is called the "end of days", but not necessarily the end of the world. Jewish eschatology viewed Gog and Magog as enemies to be defeated by the Messiah, which will usher in the age of the Messiah. Christianity's interpretation is more starkly apocalyptic: making Gog and Magog allies of Satan against God at the end of the millennium, as can be read in the Book of x one must read this poetic device with a bit more care to its multiple meanings. This allusion suggests that Ginsberg’s speaker feels as though the enemies he is warring against are in fact Gog & Magog—the enemies of God. By portraying his enemies in such a dehumanizing matter, Ginsberg’s speaker hopes to justify their own warring against them.
One could also contend that Ginsberg’s speaker(s) themself represent(s) Gog & Magog, as they violently and blindly catalyze the destruction of human life (a supreme sin in both Judaism and Christianity) and justify themselves in doing so, becoming demons.
As always, it is impossible for us to determine authorial intent as readers. However, in writing this poem, I believe that Ginsberg hoped to criticize the attitudes of Americans toward war around the Vietnam Period (Hum Bom as a title itself appearing linguisticallu to be more Vietnamese in spelling than English). More than that, I contend that Ginsberg meant to criticize the glorification of war in general throughout this poem.

| Posted on 2017-12-10 | by a guest


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Part I - Ginsberg had a love for chanting and rythm.
The repetitive simple simple statements use simple and sometimes subtle variation to present what is on one level kind of \"know nothing\" exploration of imperialist war.
Ginsberg\'s shifts points of view in rapid, disjointed manner:
We bomb them
We bomb you
You bomb them
You bomb you
\"We\" bomb, but we are never bombed.
In that sense \"we\" stand apart from the rest of humanity and deny the universiality of humanity that is implied in the manifold perspectives that appear in Hum Bomb.
Ginsbergs chants and dialogs with American Imperialism and along the way creates a panoptic vision that ends in Part III with a diabolical vision that owes a bit William Blake.
A note on the author, Ginsberg believed that he was visited and illuminated by the spirit of William Blake in the early 1950\'s.

| Posted on 2011-04-07 | by a guest


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This is a satirical parody of political statement disguised as simplistic child-like patter, an onomatopoedic poem of rhythm and repetition. The series of question and exclamation marks becomes an interlocutory technique its rhetorical ranting simulating tit for tat blame,self denial and justification of aggression Colloquial ideomatic language 'Whydja bomb?' builds to the climactic 'Armageddon does the job Armageddon for the mob' descends into nonsensical 'gog magog gog magog

| Posted on 2010-03-29 | by a guest


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there is an analysis. This is an anti-Gulf War poem. Meaningless really, without war there is no peace.

| Posted on 2009-11-19 | by a guest


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whats wrong with you people ! theres no god damn analysis here

| Posted on 2009-03-02 | by a guest




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