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.
- 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.