Hear lines from Allen Ginsberg's two chant-like poems inspired by William Blake and ancient religious traditions. Bono discusses his emotional and intellectual range and spiritual appeal with Elisa New.
New interviews Buddhist, Hindu and Jewish practitioners and U.S. poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera about Ginsberg's poem. It is a section of "Kaddish," an autobiographical poem about coming of age in an immigrant Jewish family.
Rabbi Moshe Waldoks explains dual meanings of "blessed." Spiritual practitioners discuss the visceral and hypnotic effect of chanting and compare Ginsberg's poem "Hymmnn" to prayer.
Spiritual practitioners discuss Ginsberg's inclusion of all things in life in his poem "Hymmnn." Herrera reflects on his mother's suffering during birth. In a recording, Ginsberg shares raising emotions around his mother's death.
Hear Ginsberg's poem commenting on the Vietnam War. Frank Ryan recalls his courage at a Chicago protest in 1968. They were part of a meditation group that blocked railroad tracks near a plutonium facility.
Ginsberg references biblical bogeymen and Armageddon in "Hum Bom." During the 1991 Gulf War, he added new stanzas—showing the poem as a work in progress. New reflects on the impermanent aspect of his poetry.
Credits: Hymmnn and Hum Bom
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"Hymmnn" and "Hum Bom" by Allen Ginsberg, featuring Bono, Juan Felipe Herrera, and a chorus of religious chant practitioners.
Length: 26 minutes
Copyright date: ©2017
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