Creator: Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg on the right, Bob Dylan on the left.

Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) was an American poet known for his political views, influence on The Beat Generation, and incendiary poetry. His best known work is Howl, but he is almost as well known for the company he kept (the beats in The Fifties, the hippies in The Sixties).

Tropes in the work of Allan Ginsberg include:

  • Banned in China: Most know about the infamous obscenity trial upon the publication of "Howl". His work is still banned from many school libraries today.
  • The Beat Generation: Along with Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs a formative member of the movement.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The dedication of "Howl" includes shout outs to Neal Cassady, Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, and the other Beat gang.
    • Walt Whitman gets a Shout Out in "A Supermarket in California". "Howl" also is inspired by the free-form approach of Whitman's Leaves of Grass.