Collected Poems 1947-1997

Collected Poems Here for the first time is a volume that gathers the published verse of Allen Ginsberg in its entirety a half century of brilliant work from one of America s great poets The chief figure among the

  • Title: Collected Poems 1947-1997
  • Author: Allen Ginsberg
  • ISBN: 9780061139741
  • Page: 277
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Here, for the first time, is a volume that gathers the published verse of Allen Ginsberg in its entirety, a half century of brilliant work from one of America s great poets The chief figure among the Beats, Ginsberg changed the course of American poetry, liberating it from closed academic forms with the creation of open, vocal, spontaneous, and energetic postmodern verseHere, for the first time, is a volume that gathers the published verse of Allen Ginsberg in its entirety, a half century of brilliant work from one of America s great poets The chief figure among the Beats, Ginsberg changed the course of American poetry, liberating it from closed academic forms with the creation of open, vocal, spontaneous, and energetic postmodern verse in the tradition of Walt Whitman, Guillaume Apollinaire, Hart Crane, Ezra Pound, and William Carlos Williams Ginsberg s classics Howl, Reality Sandwiches, Kaddish, Planet News, and The Fall of America led American and international poetry toward uncensored vernacular, explicit candor, the ecstatic, the rhapsodic, and the sincere all leavened by an attractive and pervasive streak of common sense Ginsberg s raw tones and attitudes of spiritual liberation also helped catalyze a psychological revolution that has become a permanent part of our cultural heritage, profoundly influencing not only poetry and popular song and speech, but also our view of the world.The uninterrupted energy of Ginsberg s remarkable career is clearly revealed in this collection Seen in order of composition, the poems reflect on one another they are not only works but also a work Included here are all the poems from the earlier volume Collected Poems 1947 1980, and from Ginsberg s subsequent and final three books of new poetry White Shroud, Cosmopolitan Greetings, and

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    1. Allen Ginsberg

      Irwin Allen Ginsberg was the son of Louis and Naomi Ginsberg, two Jewish members of the New York literary counter culture of the 1920s Ginsberg was raised among several progressive political perspectives A supporter of the Communist party, Ginsberg s mother was a nudist whose mental health was a concern throughout the poet s childhood According to biographer Barry Miles, Naomi s illness gave Allen an enormous empathy and tolerance for madness, neurosis, and psychosis As an adolescent, Ginsberg savored Walt Whitman, though in 1939, when Ginsberg graduated high school, he considered Edgar Allan Poe his favorite poet Eager to follow a childhood hero who had received a scholarship to Columbia University, Ginsberg made a vow that if he got into the school he would devote his life to helping the working class, a cause he took seriously over the course of the next several years.He was admitted to Columbia University, and as a student there in the 1940s, he began close friendships with William S Burroughs, Neal Cassady, and Jack Kerouac, all of whom later became leading figures of the Beat movement The group led Ginsberg to a New Vision, which he defined in his journal Since art is merely and ultimately self expressive, we conclude that the fullest art, the most individual, uninfluenced, unrepressed, uninhibited expression of art is true expression and the true art Around this time, Ginsberg also had what he referred to as his Blake vision, an auditory hallucination of William Blake reading his poems Ah Sunflower, The Sick Rose, and Little Girl Lost Ginsberg noted the occurrence several times as a pivotal moment for him in his comprehension of the universe, affecting fundamental beliefs about his life and his work While Ginsberg claimed that no drugs were involved, he later stated that he used various drugs in an attempt to recapture the feelings inspired by the vision.In 1954, Ginsberg moved to San Francisco His mentor, William Carlos Williams, introduced him to key figures in the San Francisco poetry scene, including Kenneth Rexroth He also met Michael McClure, who handed off the duties of curating a reading for the newly established 6 Gallery With the help of Rexroth, the result was The 6 Gallery Reading which took place on October 7, 1955 The event has been hailed as the birth of the Beat Generation, in no small part because it was also the first public reading of Ginsberg s Howl, a poem which garnered world wide attention for him and the poets he associated with.Shortly after Howl and Other Poems was published in 1956 by City Lights Bookstore, it was banned for obscenity The work overcame censorship trials, however, and became one of the most widely read poems of the century, translated into than twenty two languages.In the 1960s and 70s, Ginsberg studied under gurus and Zen masters As the leading icon of the Beats, Ginsberg was involved in countless political activities, including protests against the Vietnam War, and he spoke openly about issues that concerned him, such as free speech and gay rights agendas.Ginsberg went on publish numerous collections of poetry, including Kaddish and Other Poems 1961 , Planet News 1968 , and The Fall of America Poems of These States 1973 , which won the National Book Award.In 1993, Ginsberg received the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres the Order of Arts and Letters from the French Minister of Culture He also co founded and directed the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute in Colorado In his later years, Ginsberg became a Distinguished Professor at Brooklyn College.On April 5, 1997, in New York City, he died from complications of hepatitis.

    161 thoughts on “Collected Poems 1947-1997”

    1. My brother gave me this book when I was just starting high school I got really, really into the beat poets then, and developed an obsession that burned too brightly not to snuff itself out But even though I try to move away from Ginsberg, he helped me discover poetry and my ideals about life in the mechanized and deadening world we ve been living in since the post war period To dismiss him would be unfair and ridiculous His words still haunt my mind on a regular basis My favorite poem of his, I [...]

    2. The collected poems of Allen Ginsberg remains to be the books of poetry I most often return to Though his early and late writings lack the revolutionary focus and fire of Howl, though he spends in my opinion far too many pages carving out, in tingling detail, sexual events and fantasies, though his apparent need for acceptance and praise somtimes leak through, I am powerless to say no This volume is absolutely encompassing the lifetime portfolio of one of America s most well known and controvers [...]

    3. I am not a huge Ginsberg fan There is frequently too much of the ego in his work for my taste and many of his earlier works are in my opinion rant than stream of consciousness as they have been described despite my sympathy with his causes That said, there is also no disputing his influence on the poetry scene in America In my opinion it is his poems of place, however, rather than the political poems that will stand the test of time No one does creative concrete imagery better than Ginsberg His [...]

    4. So far i ve dug the way Ginsburg s poems that deal with events in US History are very matter of fact, sure Ginsburg has his opinions but they re written in a wry, witty way so that they do not feel self righteous or preachy to his views.

    5. Lots and lots of shitty poetry, especially in the earlier years However when you do find a good one, it is a real gem I would recommend reading this alongside Barry Mile s biography on Ginsberg It really adds to the poetry to know the story behind it.

    6. Desconozco si es la totalidad de los poemas de Allen pero vaya que es unq colecci n cronol gica bastante amplia En momentos llega a ser un tipo de libreta de viajes y es algo hermoso ver al mundo como el lo quizo ver.

    7. Should be required reading for all angst ridden teenagers getting high on hormones and other illicit substances.

    8. allen ginsberg, through his poetry prophesizes about his, our history, and his spirit is so alive a master whitman is proud.

    9. Howl is my favorite poem of all time I even have a tattoo inspired by it If you re not into poetry, at least read that poem It ll change your life.

    10. This collection is actually 13 collections bound together in one volume that presents much of the published poetry of the Beat poet Allen Ginsberg over the second half of the 20th century till his death in 1997 Ginsberg is probably best known for Howl, which is both the name of the third collection in this book and the poem for which it was named i.e I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, However, Ginsberg s work is extensive, and one can find many a lesser known gem inside. [...]

    11. From my journal Just finished Collected Poems 1947 1997 by Ginsberg Wow The longest book I ve ever read The most poetry by a single author I ve ever read The Death and Fame poems at the end are particularly poignant, but the poems through the entire book are mostly good Surprisingly easy to follow, but I think the 2 biographies I ve read of him helped a lot with context I m really a Ginsberg fan now, perhaps even so than Burroughs, and that is saying something I m glad I got to see Ginsberg rea [...]

    12. This is the best book of poetry I ve ever read This is the best book I ve ever read This is the best book I ever will read The Collected Poems of Allen Ginsberg changed my life They introduced me to the Beats, and rekindled my love of literature The poems here are explicit, uncensored, and among the finest, most eloquently worded pieces of art in the history of the english language Ginsberg, famous for Howl, produced a huge body of work in his lifetime My favorite is Kaddish Chances are, if you [...]

    13. I read these poems in tandem with Bill Morgan s biography where the works and their pages numbers are annotated along side the text So to have read all Ginsberg in biographical context is an extraordinary gift to me, and I don t think I would have been able to appreciate his work so much without the biography.Needless to say, the reading was a massive study that took a long time I just finished and am still trying to process everything If you re a fan of free verse, playful words, colorful mind [...]

    14. Robert Hunter I remember talking with Allen Ginsberg about our mutual approaches to imagery I said, You got a pretty good way with words, but, you ve got a lot of cockroaches running through your poems And he said, Cockroach is a beautiful word Well, I guess it s just a matter of taste I would tend not to use the word cockroach in a poem because I don t find it beautiful I find a lot of Ginsberg s poetry empowering and good dharmic meditations, but there are too many cockroaches for me.

    15. I did not think I d really like Ginsberg s poetry I d gotten the idea that he was overrated, or that his fame was a matter of personality the Beats rather than poetic chops.I was surprised by the depth and care of many of these And also with how well it s aged many of the poems seem much less like artifacts of the odd moment that was the Beats, and like I guess, to me, are vernacular poetic statements that still echoed and rang for this reader today.

    16. You re never done reading Ginsberg Interest in him started to develop amongst me and my friends in late college I found this book in a Barnes and Noble in Seattle early 2012 and now carry it with me most places I go It has inspired house poetry sessions and really opens up the soul for viewing Ginsberg is a genious.

    17. These are great poems I first became acquainted with Ginsberg in high school, and then I only knew Howl and America However, reading I Celebrate Myself, as a companion to these poems provided greater context for his writing And as I read through these poems I gained a wider appreciation for Ginsberg s poetry, even his often overlooked later works.

    18. Okay, so I only read Howl Okay, so I only read PART of Howl But I really feel like I need to take a class on that poem alone Because I was confused Very confused I think I liked it though you know, what I read of it until I realized this book was WAY overdue at the library.

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