Beat Generation

1934 Words Aug 18th, 2009 8 Pages
Beats and Their Poetry
The "Beat Movement" in modern literature has become an important period in the history of literature and society in America. By incorporating influences such as jazz, art, literature, philosophy and religion, the beat writers created a new and prophetic vision of modern life and changed the way a generation of people saw the world. That generation has aged and its representative voices are slowly becoming lost to eternity, but the message is alive and well. The Beats have forever altered the nature of the American consciousness. The Beat Generation of writers offered the world a new attitude. They brought to society a consciousness of life worth living. They offered a method of escape from the stultifying,
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One of the most prominent figures in the Beat Movement was Jack Kerouac. His poetry was significant and marked the reality of what the Beats were trying to accomplish. To paraphrase what Kerouac says in the first stanza of the “195th Chorus” his poetry is raw and unrefined (to those with a conventional mindset) but underneath there is still something of literary value. However, understanding Mexico City Blues can be extremely difficult. Kerouac’s ideas sometimes flow from one chorus into the next, and occasionally go off on tangents only to return to the original topic in a later chorus. These poetic jams are the spine of Mexico City Blues. It is the poetic jam beginning with the “33rd Chorus” and ending in the middle of the “36th Chorus” that could be considered the most powerful. In order to facilitate the task of offering my opinions upon these choruses I will utilize a block-by-block approach. The “33rd Chorus” begins:

A vast cavern, huh? I stop & jump to other field And you wander around Like Jap prisoners In Salt lake Cities Under San Francisco’s Sewage disaster (Kerouac 33)
The first section of this poetic jam depicts a typical beat attitude. People should not be satisfied to dwell within the walls of society nor deal with the unneeded pressures of ordinary life. Thus, people should take the metaphorical leap and separate themselves from society.

“An explorer of souls and cities -” “A