Selected Poems 1947-1995
Selected Poems 1947-1995


Allen Ginsberg made his mark, along with Jack Kerouac, Gary Snyder and others, in the Beat movement, a poetry of social protest that refused perceived elitist boundaries. Tortured by the paranoia and mental illness of his immigrant mother, and by his own homosexuality in a society that was homophobic, Ginsberg's early work was as much a measure of his self-loathing as his detestation of social hypocrisy and injustice. His poems reached depths of humiliation and shame that presaged a mental breakdown, followed by recovery with the help of Buddhist philosophy. His best poetry rises above both personal despair and political propagandizing with satiric comedy, and cheerful self-parody, and is most readily appreciated when read aloud. This volume includes sixty pages of songs, some written in collaboration with Bob Dylan, which are not included in his Collected Poems 1947-1980.

Title Selected Poems 1947-1995
Publisher Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Title First Published 01 April 2001
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 480 p.
ISBN-10 0060933763
ISBN-13 9780060933760
Publication Date 01 April 2001
Main content page count 480
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $18.99
 


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