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Collected Poems 1947-1980 by Allen Ginsberg
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Collected Poems 1947-1980

by Allen Ginsberg

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Amazing! This volume covers Mr. Ginsberg's growth and development as a poet. It's nicely put together. I got to hear Mr. Ginsberg read his poetry in Norman, Oklahoma on March 4, 1993. He forgot his book to read from. A favorite professor of mine approached me and asked if Allen could borrow my copy of his book. So, my college paperback of Collected Poems says in the front "with thanks to Inga for loaning me this volume - Allen Ginsberg." ( )
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Tortured by the paranoia and mental illness of his immigrant mother, and by his own homosexuality in a society that was homophobic, Allen 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. Ginsberg's political commitment was fired by his involvement with Jack Kerouac, Gary Snyder and others in the Beat movement, a poetry of social protest that refused perceived elitist boundaries. Despite a tendency toward propaganda, Ginsberg's best poetry is infused with satiric comedy and cheerful self-parody, and is most readily appreciated when read aloud.

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