Ginsberg’s 14-page poem, "Howl," begins with these lines:
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix, angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night,
Allen Ginsberg opposed materialism and conformity.
I was reading this long poem called Howl by Allen Ginsberg for my poetry class, and Gus was rereading An Imperial Affliction.
John Green -- The Fault in Our Stars
Henry, Theodore Dreiser, Thomas Wolfe, William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Nelson Algren, and Arthur C. Clarke.
Jack Gantos -- Hole in My Life
In the century just ended, there are modern religious and spiritual poets like T. S. Eliot and Geoffrey Hill or Adrienne Rich and Allen Ginsberg, whose work is shot through with biblical language and imagery.
Thomas C. Foster -- How to Read Literature Like a Professor
There Kerouac joined the poet Allen Ginsberg and others in the Beat Movement, in alcohol-and-drug-fueled protest against the conformity and crass consumerism of 1950s America, which made them feel beaten, longing for the beatitude, or blessedness, of the natural world.
Robert MacNeil and William Crane -- Do You Speak American?