Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Important poetic concepts

Lawrence Ferlinghetti is a major figure in the beat poetry movement.  Ferlinghetti is known for publishing many beat poems through his store "City Lights". Lawrence himself is also known as "beat" writer, although he was not considered a popular "beat poet" at the time. Beat poetry resembles a form of writing that evolved from the 1950's during the Great Depression in the United States. It was popular in New York, San Francisco and California. These writers often experimented sexually and with alcohol or drugs to heighten the intellectual aspects of their interests. Generally, these writers were often not fond of the American government and rejected mainstream values.  

Ferlinghetti also taught himself numerous languages in order to translate other poems (His first language was french, followed by English, then Italian).

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