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Allen Ginsberg
K Wilkes
• Ginsberg - background, ideology,
influences, context etc.
• Beat movement – influences, jazz etc.
• Ginsberg’s work – a full analysis taking
into account the assessment objectives
required for A2 terminal examination.
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Allen Ginsberg
• 1926-1997. born into Jewish family. Formally educated.
• Groups of poets, musicians and writers seemed to
gather round him – he is cited as an influence by many
• Bisexual, long-term partner until death (40 years) – Peter
• Interested in politics and social change – ideas of
freedom, peace and equality.
• Drug use. Influenced by jazz and art movements.
• Became a Buddhist.
• Broke away from traditional poetic structure – almost
conversational, one breath lines, early long line
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His work:
Ginsberg has written numerous pieces, too
many to frighten you with here… so, for
hwk – you can go and seek out his works
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Extract from Howl:
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by
madness, starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn
looking for an angry fix...
Howl on youtube:
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Ginsberg interview: