Ginsberg (1926- )
Ginsberg, Allen (1926- ), American
poet, born in Newark, New Jersey. The spokesman for the
Beat Generation of the 1950s, Ginsberg writes in the
tradition of Walt Whitman and William Carlos Williams.
His poetry is informal, discursive, even repetitive; its
immediacy, honesty, and its explicit sexual subject
matter often give it an improvised quality. Howl (1956)
is an angry indictment of America's false hopes and
broken promises. Other volumes of Ginsberg's poetry
include Kaddish (1961), Reality Sandwiches (1963), Planet
News (1968), and White Shroud (1987).