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The writings of the poets of the Beat Generation namely Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg resulted from the many factors of the time in which they wrote They were accused of being crazy yet their only real fault was writing with complete honesty Their originality consequently placed them on the outskirts of society The post-war in which their poetry thrived was a huge influence on their writing Also influential on the poets literature was jazz music at this time evoking many of the same feelings that these marginalized poets were feeling Jazz was used either in coherence with poetry or as an inspiration for some of the writing techniques The post-war era and the jazz music of the time heavily impacted the writings of Kerouac and Ginsberg These two factors created for them inspiration as well as an outlet through which they escaped war and the negative aspects and feelings of the times Both the jazz musicians and the writers of the Beat Movement were able to relate to the same type of feeling ostracism The predominantly African American jazz musicians were feeling ostracized during this time period because of the discrimination against their race Like these musicians the writers of the Beat Movement although chiefly white males were not accepted because of their desire to go against the norms of society In this respect the two groups were able to relate to one another on a certain level The Beat writers were able to use the feelings evoked by the jazz in order to inspire them because they were able to relate to the music We do not have to assume that they used the feelings given by the jazz music to inspire them the writers show us that they use jazz as an inspiration as well as a type of literary device in their writings The timing of the poem for one would emulate that of a jazz song it would be
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