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About the Poet A disciple of American liberties found in the writings of Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, Henry David  Thoreau, and Ralph Waldo Emerson, Irwin Allen Ginsberg was a latter-day prophet of freedom.  Unconventional in life and art, he was a gay anarchist and Jew-turned-Buddhist who flaunted  eccentricity as a badge of distinction. He was a dissenter and political spokesman for leftists, union  organizers, and proponents of unfettered sex and psychedelic drugs, and he pursued the ideal and  visionary along with the creative in pop culture. Apart from the wealth of analysis attached to his work, Ginsberg's literary doctrine was simple and  personal: Poetry equals sanity. His blunt sexuality and unconventional ravings challenged notions of  propriety and decorum left over from seventeenth-century puritanism, compounded by eighteenth- century conservatism and nineteenth-century prudery. Spurned by purists as a drugged-out 
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