Ginsberg.docx - The Beats Change or Not to Change Gracie Hagen Keith Mikos Writing Against the Grain 1001-038 October 7 2019 The Beats coined for its

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The Beats - Change or Not to ChangeGracie HagenKeith Mikos - Writing Against the Grain - 1001-038October 7, 2019The Beats, coined for its reference of “beaten down” or “beatified” was a movement that shirked the idea of conformity. It included the likes of William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Anne Walkdman, Alan Ginsberg and many more. Ginsberg was a poet, educated at Columbia University, where the seeds of anti-authority began. He describes his poetry cadence as, “[N]ot the way youwould say it […] but the way you would think it —i.e., we think rapidly in vis-ual images as well in words”. When reading his work, the strides of the wordsmimic the subject matter he writes about. Frenetic scenes, written wildly. Hehas written many poems, but the one that stands out is “Howl”. It depicts the“greatest minds of our generation” destroyed by American society and cul-ture. In the 1950’s Ginsberg participates in call-out culture without even knowing it exists. He points out, or rather calls out, the consumerist and con-

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