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Allen Ginsberg Allen Ginsberg defined a generation with his writing He was modern radical bold and defiant He had a strong belief in eastern religions and reincarnation He truly believed that he was a direct descendant of some of the greatest writers of all time The most trenchant of these were Walt Whitman Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau Ginsbergs writing was immediately absorbed by the public His most famous poem Howl was the first major American work of the era that spoke for the outcasts for the mad and the lost and about what would soon happen in the nations soulLewis 1235 Howl brought much controversy Ginsbergs supporters praised the work with utmost enthusiasm while cultural commentators condemned it Along with Jack Kerouac and William S Boroughs Ginsberg created an antithesis to society called the Beat Generation The Beats seemed to be renegades of America in the 1950s Visionaries at the time they wanted to live life immediately not when they were old and gray They went on the road hung out in jazz bars drank read poetry and howled at the moon Rolling Stone 67 The Beats thumbed their noses at the corporate world and committed themselves to art which involved risk and sacrifice Many were ruined and died but the survivors will tell that the trip was a glorious and noble effort George-Warren 427 In both his life and his work Ginsberg set an example of moral seriousness artistic dedication and humane decency that has made him one of the most respected figures in American culture The best of his avant-garde and innovative creations has earned him recognition as one of the major literary figures of the twentieth century Most of the significant events in Ginsbergs life are in some way attached to his writing His parents were both common people his father was a lyric
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