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What is the theme of the poem Howl?

What is the theme of the poem Howl?

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  1. “Howl”‘s main theme is a strident criticism of the conformist and oppressive aspects of post-World War II American culture. Ginsberg questions society’s expectations, criticizes the dehumanizing impacts of capitalism and industrialization, and honors each person’s struggle for autonomy and self-expression. The Beat Generation’s countercultural ethos is reflected in the poem’s exploration of sexuality, mental illness, drug use, and spirituality.

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