Mention the name Allen Ginsberg and it is hard to resist the urge to drift back into the psychedelic-colored world of the 1960s where free love, drugs and the Beat Poets influenced the literary landscape. Ginsberg came into his own as part of the Beat generation. It was during this time that he helped give voice to the “youthful, dissatisfied, rebellious” energy “that would soon coalesce into the” political “culture and practices of the New Left” (Lee 365). The publication of Howl, not only expressed the feelings of a generation but also became, according to literary critics, one of the most influential and important works of the twentieth century. While no one can deny the power of Ginsberg’s work during the ‘60s and ‘70s, his influence on society and politics did not end there. Ginsberg continued teaching, writing and publishing up until his death on April 5, 1997. (first paragraph)
"Party Line: Allen Ginsberg and political expression in Death & fame,"
The Hilltop Review: Vol. 2
, Article 7.
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