Friday, 21 February 2014

Analysis- I Am Waiting

I Am Waiting

BY LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI

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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 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 be stored   
and I am waiting
for them to prove
that God is really American
and I am waiting
to see God on television
piped onto church altars
if only they can find   
the right channel   
to tune in on
and I am waiting
for the Last Supper to be served again
with 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
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 am anxiously waiting
for the secret of eternal life to be discovered   
by an obscure general 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

I am waiting for the day
that maketh all things clear
and I am awaiting retribution
for what America did   
to Tom Sawyer   
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   
youth’s dumb green fields come back again
and I am waiting
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 careless rapture
and I am perpetually waiting
for the fleeing lovers on the Grecian Urn   
to catch each other up at last
and embrace
and I am awaiting   
perpetually and forever
a renaissance of wonder

Ferlinghetti’s poem "I am waiting " is an outstanding poem of "The Beat Generation."  In it, he uses the words "I am waiting" to provide commentary on the many problems in society.  "I am waiting" is used repetitiously to introduce exactly what Ferlinghetti is waiting for . Lawrence Ferlingetti expresses his disappointment in society. " I am anxiously waiting for the secret of eternal life to be discovered by an obscure general practitioner and I am waiting for the storms of life to be over and I am waiting to set sail for happiness" Ferlinguetti demonstrates his need for something better in life, the rebirth of a new wonder.

In paragraph 2 Lawrence Ferlingetti talks about religion. Lawrence also demonstrates his belief that religion will some day sweep thru the state of Arizona once again. "I am waiting for a religious revival to sweep thru the state of Arizona " Meaning Lawrence is unsatisfied with Arizona's lack of religion. Although Lawrence ferlingetti is not religious and does not believe in the after life he still speaks about religion in his poems. "I am waiting for them to prove that God is really American"

Lawrence also speaks of fictional characters like Alice in wonderland and Tom Sawyer two characters that were prosecuted for something they did not do.  "I am awaiting retribution for what America did to Tom Sawyer and I am waiting for Alice in Wonderland to retransmit to me her total dream of innocence". Alice was prosectued in the perfect world of wonderland by the red queen. Demonstrating that even in a perfect world there is still imperfection.

The mood of this poem comes off as somewhat hopefull that some day we will experience this dramatic change in the world but the poem is mostly a sad story about what the world and how society really is and how we are waiting for it to change. " 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 " Lawrence Ferlingetti is waiting for the world to start all over again because our world is so corrupted.

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