ALLEN GINSBERG - POET REPRESENTATIVE OF BEAT MOVEMENT & THE CONTINUITY OF THE "SONG" OF WALT WHITMAN

Flutura Boci

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Allen Ginsberg's work represents a culmination of modernist poetry while, being at the same time, a great example of the deconstruction of the modernist form. Ginsberg struggled to move away from the formal poetry styles that predominated the academic disciplines of literary criticism and writing in the mid-twentieth century. Both his life and his art inhabited a space outside of the mainstream. His poetry aimed to recreate patterns and conversation forms of speech using the free verse and long line as a template for experimentation. Though his poetry was initially rejected by critics and many contemporaries, Ginsberg's work came to exemplify the poetic styles of the Beat generation.

 

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beat movement, modernist poetry, free verse, poetic style, inspiration

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Ginsberg, Allen. Howl and Other Poems. San Francisco: City Lights Publishing, 1956.

Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass (orig 1855 ed), ed Malcolm Cowley, Penguin, 1959

Walt Whitman Song of Myself, and Other Poems. Publishers group west 2010

Raskin, Jonah. American Scream: Allen Ginsberg’s Howl and the Making of the Beat

Generation. Berkley: University of California Press, 2005.

The Book of Martyrdom and Artifice: First Journals and Poems: 1937-1952 Paperback – February 5, 2008 by Allen Ginsberg, Juanita Lieberman-Plimpton (Author), Bill Morgan (Author)


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