Short Summary of “Father Death Blues” by Allen Ginsberg


January 4, 2019 admin 0 Comment

The poet says that anyone’s death be it your father, your mother, your sister, your brother, your uncle, your aunt or anyone else whom you love is hard to handle, but eventually comes a time when the pain is lost and the tears dry up. Instead of mourning over his father’s death, the poet is actually thanking him that despite the pain he is going through, he is now inspired to learn greater lessons in life and he is also thankful for the fact that his father’s death has matured him as a human being. No other incident; good or bad has taught him so much than the death of his father.

What is astonishing in the poem is that despite being a native English writer, Ginsberg has associated the phenomena of death with the Indian God Buddha when he says, “Buddha death, I wake with you”. He means that he has gained enlightenment just like Lord Buddha. He also says” Dharma death, your mind is new, Sangha death we’ll work it through”. Dharma is an Indian word meaning religion and Sangha means unity. The poet has amazingly explained the phenomena of death relating it to religion and unity as explained by the Indian culture.

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At the end of the poem, the poet says that though he has lost his father and he is awakened to the fact that he cannot do away, with his father anymore, he still misses him and wishes that he comes back again when he says “Father breath once more farewell”.



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