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How would you characterize the world that Ginsberg describes? Is he being accurate or is he using hyperbole? Second part:How does he demonstrate the postmodern beliefs of combining fiction and nonfiction, multiculturalism, and the experimentation of new forms? I'm not very good with poetry

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Alan Ginsberg often spoke about the vast changes in the world that took place at the end of World War II.  Ginsberg has affiliations with Communists, more the theory than the practice, which is interesting since his family was Russian. Therefore, there were many things that Ginsberg saw that had begun to open up as far as art and culture goes. There were people against war, focusing more on Civil Rights and embracing the diversity of a country that was used to celebrating the average American family. Think Leave it to Beaver.

Ginsberg describes his world accurately. Remember that he and the other Beats traveled in different circles than most; often experimented with drugs and alcohol to gauge how they would affect their activities and work. The latter became a focus as can be seen in Burroughs'...

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