Final Paper Proposal

I want to focus on the “Beat Generation” for my final paper. The “Beat Generation” was a group of poets and authors who came to prominence in the 1950’s. The most famous authors associated with this movement are Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. This movement is generally characterized as a move away from set standards of written work.

I want to focus in on the Beatnik movement specifically, which was a group of poets within the Beat generation who had the same set of values. In my Poetry of the Mad Men Era class we have spent a lot of time reading some of these poets, and their interesting language and sentence structure really intrigues me.

I plan on researching this movement by researching the movement as a whole and learning more about it and then read some of the poets and authors specifically connected to the movement and seeing how they used the values of the generation within their work.

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