The Life of Allen Ginsberg
Can a man who was not only gay but experimented with drugs be known as a great poet? Raised among many progressive political perspectives, communist supporters, a nudist mother and having been arrested as an accessory to crimes, Allen Ginsberg is not your typical writer. Many of his poems express his ideas on society and things that affect him personally, such as his mothers’ illness and his homosexuality. Throughout his writing career, he accomplished a lot, starting in high school, progressing into his college career, during his adulthood, into his old age and finally ending in his deathbed. Allen Ginsberg was born on June 3, 1926, in Newark, New Jersey. Later he and his family moved to Paterson, New Jersey. The Ginsberg family was one of Jewish Russian immigrants. Mr. Ginsberg was the younger son of his parents Naomi and Louis Ginsberg. His father, Louis, was a former high school teacher and his mother, Naomi, was a poet. Mrs. Ginsberg was also an active member of the Communist Party of the United States of America. Allen Ginsberg had an older brother, Eugene, whom he spent most of his time with taking care of their sick mother. Suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, Naomi was extremely ill. In 1941, while Allen Ginsberg was a junior in high school his mother insisted that he take her to a therapist at a rest home in Lakewood, New Jersey. After Naomi Ginsberg passed away in 1956, Mr. Ginsberg published Kaddish, a long autobiographical poem written to express the tribulations he faced dealing with his mother’s illness. Insecurities took over his childhood years as Mr. Ginsberg struggled with his mother’s death and as he fought to accept his homosexuality.
While attending East Side High School, Allen Ginsberg discovered his newfound love for poetry. As an adolescent, Walt Whitman and Edgar Allan Poe were two of Mr. Ginsberg favorite authors. After graduating from high school in 1943, Allen Ginsberg proceeded to enroll...
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