Fri 3 Mar 2006
Allen Ginsberg is a true Beat Generation writer. Although we read his work without knowing a lot about him and his past, his work focuses a lot about how society was run and how people lived life back then. His poems were different but his style and genre was the same as other beat writers like Kerouac and Burroughs. The poems that Howl consisted of seem to all have the same deep hatred for the severe amount of conformity that existed and still exists in America. Like his fellow beat writers, Ginsberg’s main message is that Americans need to establish their own sense of individuality for them to feel themselves. His poems stress how he wants people to be comfortable with being an outsider and for them to make their own opinions heard by others in society. I think this is the subject Ginsberg expressed his writing for his poetry, by writing about his exotic experiences with his friends, drugs and alcohol. I think by him writing about his experiences encouraged other loners in America to become more themselves and express their own ideas. Trendsetters like Allen Ginsberg and the work he did, is the reason why in society today you have so many different types of people and unique individuality.