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Beat Poetry

Beat describes a (mostly American) literary and cultural movement that began in the late 1940s (Jack Kerouac coined the term in 1948) and continued into the 1960s. Beat culture was a strong influence on the counterculture movements of the 1960s. Their work is often shocking, and intentionally offensive to bourgeois sensibilities.

Prominent Beats include Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gregory Corso, Michael McClure, and Neal Cassady.

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