The Beat Generation By Allen Ginsberg

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The Beat generation
The Beat Generation, a generation that was sick of its mainstream culture and decided to break down the walls for individuality of thought, fashion, personal achievement, and poetry. At the end of World War two, young adults in particularly the east and west coasts of America where left in questioning thought about their own government as if it was really trying to do what 's best for their people. And in those upset minds a Beat Generation was born. A generation of tired young poets eager to open the minds of others through their own thoughts and views. The most influential figures during the Beat Generation where Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Jack Kerouac, and William Burroughs. And although their bold, expressive poetry led to great fame, this generation of poets gained a new fan base of critics who thought their work was just a way to seek attention and was not seen as serious art.
Allen Ginsberg, born 1926 in Newark, New Jersey, unknowingly found himself creating a new generation of people when he was attending Columbia University and met Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs. There they exchanged and shared common interests and later would become prominent figures in the Beat Movement. Allen Ginsberg 's rise of fame didn’t become apparent until his book "Howl and other poems" came to the public eye. But what stood out most for Allen was his poem "Howl", written in 1955, which was written particularly outraged toward the way he saw a failing society…
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