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Allen Ginsberg and HOWL Analysis and Response Throughout the ages of poetry there is a poet who stands alone a prominent figure who represents the beliefs and mors of the time During the 1950s and 1960s the Beatnik era in America brought forth poets who wrote vivid realistic poetry in response to the rise of bigotry crimes against the innocent and the loss of faith in the national government With little euphemism they wrote about homosexual sex drug abuse and other brazen topics Of this Beat Generation as they were called Allen Ginsberg rises above the rest as the pseudo-poet laureate of the group Burns 125 His most well-known poem HOWL caused an incredible amount of controversy however it also forever changed the world of poetry Allen Ginsberg was born in Newark New Jersey in 1926 to an upstanding middle class Jewish family In a lifetime of literary accomplishment he has moved from the position of a curiosity on the borders of society to become the hero of a broad-based subculture In 1943 Ginsberg entered Columbia University where he met Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs two names that would later join him as fathers of a literarysocial movement known as the Beat Generation Ginsbergs subject matter focused on the activities of his social circle and included such things as drug use and homosexual sex These topics hadnt been written about so openly without some sort of literary masking before Ginsbergs far-ranging wildly expressive style greatly impacted the evolution of modern literature His literary odyssey created a vast legacy of poetry and the publication of many books of poetry and prose Perhaps most notable Howl was published in 1956 by Lawrence Ferlinghettis City Lights bookstore in San Francisco A landmark court decision found Howl to be not obscene Ehrlich 57 Allen Ginsbergs monumental poem was first heard in a series of famous readings that signaled the arrival of the
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