Allen Ginsberg And Gregory Corso's Literature Analysis

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Literature is an interesting way of viewing American society. After WWII the new American Poetry emerged, and one of the poetic movements was the Beat Generation. The Beat Generation, of which Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso were prominent members, was a group of students from Colombia University in New York City. They rejected materialism, followed Eastern spirituality like Buddhism, they were often homosexual so they stood for alternative forms of sexuality, and freedom from societal constraints. These poets went against mainstream culture, their drive was counterculture, and they believed that if there is conformity people have to be against it. Therefore, the work that was made by the Beats was criticizing conformity and consumerism after which counterculture would ensue. In “Marriage,” Gregory Corso is using poetry to go against standardization; going against expectations, “should I get married? Should I be good?” (Corso 29). Corso was not directly criticizing society in his poetry but his poetry had elements of being against a world surrounded in consumerism and…show more content…
People during the period right after the WWII were more focused on living in the suburbs and consumerism. By going his own nonconformist way Corso wants to go against this development implicating going against American mainstream culture. Although moving in this same direction Allen Ginsberg’s poem achieves this in a different way. Ginsberg is angry and the reader can feel that, he does this because he wants to show that society is going in the wrong direction. He is depicting a horrific image of the future for America. Thus Ginsberg wanted people to question society and the traditions and values of it, and more importantly he succeeded in this, because people did change their jobs and their lives. They adjusted their way of living as a result of reading the poem (Ginsberg et al. 3). This developed into
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