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Beat Poets

  1. 1. Beat Poets<br />Marti Hallik<br />Elviira Samsonova<br />Ly Puusaar<br />
  2. 2. Beat generation<br />Term used to describe a group of American writers who came to prominence in the 1950s<br />Elements of &quot;Beat&quot; culture include a rejection of mainstream American values<br />experimentation with drugs<br />alternate forms of sexuality<br />an interest in Eastern spirituality<br />The original &quot;Beat Generation&quot; writers met in New York.<br />The original &quot;Beat Generation&quot; writers met in New York. Later, the central figures ended up together in San Francisco<br />
  3. 3. Characteristics<br />Open emotions<br />Visceral engagement in often gritty worldly experiences<br />In a seeming paradox, the Beats often emphasized a spiritual yearningand imagery from Buddhism, Judaism, Catholicism<br />Topics (drug use, sexuality, aberrant behavior) pushed the boundaries<br />
  4. 4. Origin of name<br />Jack Kerouac introduced the phrase &quot;Beat Generation&quot; in 1948<br />Introduced in 1952 in New York times magazine : &quot;This is the beat generation.“<br />The adjective &quot;beat&quot; came to the group through the underworld association with &quot;tired&quot; or &quot;beaten down.&quot; <br />
  5. 5. Neal Leon CassadyFebruary 8, 1926 – February 4, 1968 <br />Introduction into the scene in 1947<br />Best known for being characterized as Dean Moriarty in Jack Kerouac&apos;s novel On the Road<br />He did not write much himself<br />Kerouac cited this as a key influence on his invention of the spontaneous prose style/technique <br />
  6. 6. Neal Cassady<br />
  7. 7. Gregory CorsoMarch 26, 1930 – January 17, 2001<br />Youngest of the inner circle of Beat Generation writers<br />Impressed Ginsberg with his poetry<br />Later critical attention for Corso waned<br />Gained some notoriety for his tragicomic poetry, such as &quot;Bomb&quot; and &quot;Marriage.&quot;<br />
  8. 8. Gregory Corso<br />
  9. 9. Drug use<br />The original members of the Beat Generation group used a number of different drugs<br />in marijuana, benzedrine and, in some cases, opiates such as morphine. As time went on, many of them began using psychedelic drugs<br />Much of this usage can fairly be termed &quot;experimental&quot; <br />
  10. 10. Rock and roll connections<br />Had a large influence on rock and roll<br />including major figures such as the Beatles, Bob Dylanand Jim Morrison<br />The Beatles spelled their name with an &quot;a&quot; because John Lennon was a fan of Kerouac<br />Ginsberg has worked with:<br />The Clash<br />Burroughs worked with:<br />Sonic Youth<br />REM<br />Kurt Cobain<br />Ministry<br />

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