Literary Term: “Beat Writers”
By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis
The literary term, Beat Writers, refers to a group of poets and novelists who wrote in the second half of the 1950’s and shared a set of social attitudes of anti-establishment, anti-political, and anti-intellectual, in favour of self-realization and self-expression.
The group of Beat Writers is known to include:
Allen Ginsberg published poems such as:
- A Supermarket in California
- Crossing Nation
- Father Death Blues
- Cezanne’s Ports
- Death & Fame
- Five A.M.
Gregory Corso published poems such as:
Lawrence Felinghetti wrote poems such as:
- A Vast Confusion
- Baseball Canto
- History of the Airplane
- Bird with Two Right Wings
- I Am Waiting
- Number 8
William Burroughs popular publication:
Jack Kerouac’s popular publication:
What do you think makes the Beat Writers distinct from other writers?
Who is your favourite Beat Writer?