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  • The 1950's: The Beat Generation

    and culture-enters the Beat Generation. The Beat Generation was a social and literary movement that was forming post World War II. The Beats were a group of writers that opposed conventional writing, spoke about issues regarding race, sex, and class, and rejected many cultural principles that was happening post war. The Origin of the Beats was in 1943, Allen Ginsberg meets Lucien Carr at Columbia University. Carr introduces Ginsberg to Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs. From there, the Beat Generation arises and their movement was faced with criticism along the way. The Beats received harsh criticism and negative backlash from the public, critics, and other observers. Despite the negativity, The Beat Generation prevailed throughout their journey. Allen Ginsberg’s poem Howl was banned due to obscenity by custom officials. The 1950’s was the most sexually…

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  • Subculture Analysis: The Beat Generation

    Essay Term 1: The Beat Generation A Subculture Analysed “The so-called Beat Generation was a whole bunch of people of all different nationalities who came to the conclusion that society sucked.” Amiri Baraka (The Source, 1999) Introduction In a hegemonic culture, subcultures are constantly resisting systems of beliefs imposed on society creating a constant struggle for hegemony (University of Washington,, no date). This…

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  • They Re Not Your Husband By Raymond Carver Analysis

    Introduction This essay will be an examination of the minimalist elements in the two short stories, ‘They’re not your husband’ and ‘Neighbors’, by Raymond carver. There will be an emphasis on the thematic issues of body image and materialism in the two short stories. Chapter 1 Minimalism Minimalism is a movement in the arts; it arose in the 1950s and was characterized by simplicity and massive forms. Even if minimalism arose in the 50s it was first later, that the term would be used in…

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  • Howl By Allen Ginsberg Analysis

    During the 1950’s America was a different culture then what we live in today. In the epic three part poem “Howl” by Allen Ginsberg, he gives us a radical depiction of post World War II America and the mayhem that surrounds him. Using colorful and descriptive language he lays out what is happening during his time. He takes us through a journey back in time where readers can get a glimpse of what it was like to be in the middle of chaos as an outsider. Allen Ginsberg is one of the most acclaimed…

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  • Timothy Leary's Aesthetic Movement: The Beatnik Movement

    new movement, the Beatnik movement. The Beatnik, or Beat movement, characterized by rejection of tradition and materialism, preceded and foreshadowed yet another movement with the same main ideals, but a much…

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  • Obscene America Ginsberg Howl Analysis

    Obscene America: An Analyzation of Howl In 1955, beat writer Allen Ginsberg produced a free-verse poem titled Howl. Ginsberg’s Howl is a poem that embodies the conditions of America, specifically how Ginsberg viewed them to be. Being a beat writer, Ginsberg was completely aware of the unjust and superficial ideals America was projecting. Not only, but Ginsberg’s poem was completely uncensored, real, and raw while addressing these issues. For instance, his poem was so uncensored, real, and raw…

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  • Hipsters Research Papers

    genre of music, whites have been known to copy or even “steal” the works of black artists and musicians and have re-created it into something that The Beat Generation, originating in the 1950s, was centered in San Francisco and housed the bohemian art community. The “Beatniks” were known as a group that expressed their alienation through an identical sense of style, manners, and vocabulary — for example, “hip” was what the Beatniks preferred to describe themselves (separated from the…

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  • Allen Ginsberg Howl Analysis

    It is clear to any reader of "Howl" that Allen Ginsberg is upset with the status quo, in fact, one might even borrow Ginsberg own words about how he feels about his “generation” when he states that they, “let themselves be fucked in the ass by saintly motorcyclists, and screamed with joy.” What a spit in the face. As I continued to read Ginsberg’s profanity-laced and prolonged verbal assault I was sure about convinced about one thing; Ginsberg is demanding for his generation to change by beating…

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  • The Beats: A Literary Analysis

    “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix angel-headed hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of the night.”(Ginsberg, Allen: Howl). ‘Beats’ are characterized as individuals who desire to instigate change and deeply believe in their convictions. After World War 2 ideas of nationalism and the fabrication of the American…

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  • Walt Whitman Predicting Ginsberg Analysis

    optimistic vision does not come to fruition, leaving only his forlorn future to occur. Whitman’s prediction of this harsh future is expertly portrayed in Allen Ginsberg’s contemporary work describing 1950’s America. Ginsberg’s works, America and Howl, directly respond to Whitman’s warnings, document the present times, and warn future generations. Whitman’s collection of poems, Crossing the Brooklyn Ferry, describes his personal struggle and eventual understanding of being one person amidst a…

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