Who is Allen Ginsberg

Irwin Allen Ginsberg (/ˈɡɪnzbɜːrɡ/; June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997) was an American poet, philosopher and writer. He is considered to be one of the leading figures of both the Beat Generation during the 1950s and the counterculture that soon followed. He vigorously opposed militarism, economic materialism, and sexual repression and was known as embodying various aspects of this counterculture, such as his views on drugs, hostility to bureaucracy and openness to Eastern religions. He was one of many influential American writers of his time known as the Beat Generation, which included famous writers such as Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs.

Ginsberg is best known for his poem "Howl", in which he denounced what he saw as the destructive forces of capitalism...
Read Full Biography


Allen Ginsberg Poems

  • Kissass
    Kissass is the Part of Peace
    America will have to Kissass Mother Earth
    Whites have to Kissass blacks, for Peace & Pleasure,
    Only Pathway to Peace, Kissass....
  • Homework
    Homage to Kenneth Koch


    If I were doing my Laundry I'd wash my dirty Iran ...
  • First Party At Ken Kesey's With Hell's Angels
    Cool black night thru redwoods
    cars parked outside in shade
    behind the gate, stars dim above
    the ravine, a fire burning by the side ...
  • An Asphodel
    O dear sweet rosy
    unattainable desire
    ...how sad, no way
    to change the mad ...
  • Fourth Floor, Dawn, Up All Night Writing Letters
    Pigeons shake their wings on the copper church roof
    out my window across the street, a bird perched on the cross
    surveys the city's blue-grey clouds. Larry Rivers
    'll come at 10 AM and take my picture. I'm taking ...
Read All Poems


Top 10 most used topics by Allen Ginsberg

World 16 Time 14 Red 14 Floor 13 Black 13 Thought 13 Mind 13 Sky 13 House 12 Night 12


Allen Ginsberg Quotes

Read All Quotes


Comments about Allen Ginsberg

  • Omaha_hub: to gain your own voice, you have to forget about having it heard. – allen ginsberg
  • Ginsbergpoem: allen ginsberg, michael mcclure, harry smith, charlie chaplin, merce cunningham - friday's weekly round-up on the allen ginsberg project -
  • Patthomas1964: allen ginsberg: "how many hours a day do you meditate?" dalai lama: "i never meditate, i don't have to!"
  • Tim_suttle: “whoever controls the media, the images, controls the culture.” allen ginsberg
  • Vincentgorham: okay my morning class was discussing allen ginsberg and it got me thinking a lot about everything, about history and diaspora and etc. basically i just wondered how germany wasn't more on the hook for jewish welfare in the eyes of the post-war world
Read All Comments

Write your comment about Allen Ginsberg


Poem of the day

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Poem
Beatrice. (From Dante. Purgatorio, Xxx., Xxxi.)
 by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Even as the Blessed, at the final summons,
Shall rise up quickened, each one from his grave,
Wearing again the garments of the flesh,
So, upon that celestial chariot,
A hundred rose
ad vocem tanti senis
,
Ministers and messengers of life eternal.
...

Read complete poem

Popular Poets