The Beats: the representation of a battered generation

Date of Award


Degree Name

M.A. in English


Department of English


Advisor: Carrillo Albino


In the 1950's and 60's, a new era was marked in poetry; it no longer dealt with nature or love or even family, but with controversial social issues. A group of battered poets, who became frustrated with the constant crushing of people's individuality and freedom, decided to speak up. They called themselves The Beat Generation; they represented everything that is beautiful, truthful, and serene, which was revolutionary at the time. Allen Ginsberg was one of the founding fathers of this group of writers. His poetry mirrored the constant social and cultural oppression of the American people. This thesis discusses the contemporary American poet Allen Ginsberg and his views on life, society, cultural, and politically controversial issues. Allen Ginsberg's poetry speaks volumes about individual freedom and love.


Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997 Criticism and interpretation, Poetry 20th century Criticism and interpretation, Beat generation, Literature, Contemporary American Poetry, Beat Generation, American Literature, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Gary Snyder

Rights Statement

Copyright © 2014, author