Irwin Allen Ginsberg (June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997) was an American poet known for his political views in the Fifties and his incendiary poetry. His best known work is Howl, as one of the central figures of The Beat Generation, but (unlike his comrades) he is as well known for the company he kept the hippies later in The '60s).
Tropes in the work of Allan Ginsberg include:
- Banned in China: His work is still banned from many school libraries today.
- Shout-Out: Walt Whitman gets a Shout Out in "A Supermarket in California".