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Allen Ginsberg


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Newark, New York NJ, United States (1926 – 1997)

Irwin Allen Ginsberg (June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997) was an American Beat born in Newark, New Jersey. Ginsberg is best known for Howl (1956), a long poem about ’s negative human values and the of his friends among the .

Ginsberg’s poetry was strongly influenced by modernism, romanticism, the beat and cadence of , his Kagyu practice and his background. He considered himself to have inherited the visionary poetic mantle handed from the English poet and artist William Blake on to visionary and poet Walt Whitman. Ginsberg was also influenced heavily by the American poet William Carlos Williams. The power of Ginsberg’s verse, its searching, probing focus, its long and lilting lines, as well as its New World exuberance, all echo the continuity of inspiration which he claimed as his own.


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  • HighDescendant

    happy birthday old buddy

    3 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    if iamnotapie had at least written "WHO had the right friends and was in the right place at the right time, nothing more" . .

    11 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    "He had the right friends and was in the right place at the right time, nothing more" - ... ... WTF?

    11 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Marquis-manson

    Vomit Express...

    31 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Cherrylake

    If I scrobble him maybe it will lead me to acquiring an intellectual girlfriend!

    10 Aug 2013 Reply
  • kingratface

    easily the best poet out of all the NAMBLA sympathizers

    19 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Mind_Plague

    Yes he did have the advantage of finding himself at a highly productive point in the space-time continuum. Doesn't make him any worse. If we set aside literary value, I admire beats as the hypersensitive cutting edge of a generation.

    3 Nov 2012 Reply
  • mehdi483

    starry dynamo in the machinery of night...

    3 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Dandy-Jon

    He was a genius, a visionary. Anyone who differs on that is a moron. Case closed.

    23 Oct 2011 Reply
  • DeadKinks

    The place wouldn't have been the right place without him, his friends wouldn't have been the right ones without him. Pretty much nothing good from the latter half of the twentieth century to this day in the Western world would have happened without him, be it literature, music, film, behaviour, politics, culture in general.

    13 Sep 2011 Reply
  • iamnotapie

    He had the right friends and was in the right place at the right time, nothing more

    5 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Shy-Guy


    1 May 2011 Reply
  • The_Albion

    In my opinion, Danman917 is a trollolololol...

    20 Apr 2011 Reply
  • branchong

    Thank you for giving me the courage to be comfortable with who Iam and the way i want to live.

    3 Apr 2011 Reply
  • xdevotchkax

    absolutely moving.

    10 Mar 2011 Reply
  • stockexchange

    i never want to listen to anything else

    8 Mar 2011 Reply
  • blackbook668

    Far from boring, I find his writings rather lively.

    21 Jan 2011 Reply
  • ourgreyworld

    I said I think that it's good, and that I respect anyone's opinion that it's bad. I said that you can't really say it doesn't have a point. So your response about the holocaust is in accordance with my statement. The holocaust had a point, and it was terrible. Ginsberg's poetry has a point, and anyone who wants to can say it sucks.

    8 Dec 2010 Reply
  • ourgreyworld

    I cannot fathom how anyone could think his writing was boring or pointless. Have you actually read any of it? I have to respect your opinion that you think his writing is boring, but pointless? No writing is pointless. Ever. Writing is first and foremost a form of expression, whether it accomplishes nothing more than evoking emotions in the writer, it is purposeful.

    24 Nov 2010 Reply
  • dtowngoo

    with love, Allen, with love

    9 Nov 2010 Reply
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