This guide is meant to to serve as a general introduction to the poetry and poets of the time period, and to the culture of the era. I have focused on eight poets who are generally considered to be some of the most important American writers from the Beat generation. This is not meant to be a complete list of Beat poets, but rather a guide to some of the more prominent literary figures from the late fifties and sixties. I have also included a section on Beat culture, so that users can familiarize themselves with the wider context of the poets, a multimedia section with audio and video resources, and a section for additional resources aimed at helping users find books and other information by and about the poets.
Welcome to my guide to web resources on the poets of the beat generation.
Use this guide to find information on beat poetry, poets, multimedia resources, and beat culture.
Who were the Beats?
The term "Beats" is used to describe the generation of American young people who grew up post-World War II, who rebelled against the stiff conformism of their parent's generation, and who experimented with new ways of seeing and doing and ultimately became one of the most creative forces in American history. The Beat poets took this atmosphere of creativity and rebellion and produced an entirely new type of poetry, based on freedom of expression, freedom of form, and freedom of subject matter.