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What cause is Allen Ginsberg fighting for in "Howl?"

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"Howl " begins with the arresting declaration that its author has "seen the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked." Ginsberg goes on to describe how many of his generation, proscribed and rejected by 1950s society, lived their lives. They traveled, the did drugs, they had sex with many different partners, they lived in poverty, and many of them died far before their time, from overdoses and suicide. After cataloging many of the experiences of his friends, and some of his own, Ginsburg begins the second part of his work by asking rhetorically, "What sphinx of cement and aluminim bashed open their skulls and ate up their brains and imagination?" and answers that they were destroyed by...

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