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Holy Soul and Jelly Roll: Poems And Songs. Ashes & Blues


Ginsberg first came to public attention in 1956 with the publication of Howl and Other Poems. Ginsberg was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1995 for his book Cosmopolitan Greetings: Poems 1986–1992. “Howl,” a long-lined poem in the tradition of Walt Whitman, is an outcry of rage and despair against a destructive, abusive society. Ginsberg is strongly identified with the literary and cultural phenomena of the Beat Generation, a phrase that refers to a literary stance as well as a demographic of people who came of age during the Great Depression and who felt out of place amid the growing materialism and conformity that characterized the post–World War II years. Whereas many writers are associated with groups, Ginsberg is seen as a central, formative figure for the Beats. Therefore, the numerous volumes that define, mythologize, demystify, debunk, explain, or document the Beats invariably provide grounding in the Ginsberg world. In 1948 Ginsberg claimed to have heard William Blake’s voice, and from then on Ginsberg emphasized the visionary aspects of his poetry. He experimented with drugs, sexuality, and meditation throughout his life. In 1949 he was arrested in connection with a series of robberies, though he did not take part. In lieu of jail, he was sent to a psychiatric institute, where he met Carl Solomon, a key figure in Ginsberg’s poem “Howl.” Enjoy free online English audiobook “Holy Soul and Jelly Roll: Poems And Songs. Ashes & Blues”, breathtaking poetry by Allen Ginsberg.

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