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Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg
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Hello Beat Generation. “Howl” is iconic in this era of spoken word; an era where you say what’s on your mind, how you feel, one that is a slightly louder and less oppressed version of the confessional movement. “Howl” is a lovely little rant with that musically describes the passion, anger, and sorrow that Allen Ginsberg and the rest of his “angelheaded hipsters” were feeling post WWII. With iconic lines that almost all remotely familiar with the Beat movement would know such as the pivotal first line that resonates through ever subsequent generation, “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by/madness, starving hysterical naked”. It is hard not to read this poem generations later and still see the relevance. This is a literary feet to speak to a specific audience but continue to move audiences years later.
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