I want to work in revelations , not just spin silly tales for money . I want to fish as deep down as possible into my own subconscious in the belief that once that far down , everyone will understand because they are the same that far down .- Jack Kerouac
Jack Kerouac American poet Jack Kerouac has been classified as the originator of the Beat Generation . He is known for his spontaneous confessional style , as well as his connection to Buddhism , Allen Ginsberg , and American self actualization . His rejection of mainstream 1950 ‘s society [banner_entry_middle]
is his trademark , and the core ideal behind the beat-nick culture he helped spawn
Jack Kerouac was born Jean-Louis Lebris de Kerouac , to French-Canadian parents , in Lowell , Massachusetts . Kerouac was raised fluent in French and didn ‘t start learning English until he was six years old . While attending Boston College and Columbia University , he demonstrated extraordinary athletic ability in the game of football , until he broke his leg . After losing his football scholarship , Keroauc moved to New York . There he met the makeup of the group that would later be known as The Beat Generation poets . This group consisted of : John Clellon Holmes , Allen Ginsberg , Neal Cassady , William S . Burroughs and Herbert Huncke . He left the company of these men to join the United States Navy in 1943 , from which he was discharged during WWII , for the psychiatric measure of having an indifferent disposition . This is suspected by many to be the spark that inspired him to write his first work The Town and City , as well as On The Road . Many of Kerouac ‘s works were often rejected upon first submission to publishers . He was often overlooked due to his experimental style , and socially conscious views . Not to forget , his excessive tendency towards drinking . This obsession with alcoholism is eventually the cause of his death in 1969 , when he dies of internal hemorrhaging due to cirrhosis
Jack Kerouac has a very distinct and original style . Upon first evaluation of his style , his work might be deemed as clichy , or showy self loathing libation but it must be remembered that , Kerouac was one of the first to adopt his free flowing form of poetry . He is also noted for connecting his poetry to the beat-nick poets . Kerouac is most commonly referred to as the King of the Beats and the Father of the Hippies . This is largely due with the fact that his poetry is most immediately inspired by Jazz music , specifically bebop by Thelonius Monk , Dizzy Gillespie , and Charlie Parker . He compiled this Jazz influence with a love of Buddhist studies , specifically Gary Snyder The name he dubbed his new found form is Spontaneous Prose . It is often compared to the literary technique known as stream of consciousness which is often deemed as a literary mirror of a writer ‘s thought process . While writing , Kerouac took the first thought or line that came to his mind and went with it . This technique is most recognizable in his… [banner_entry_footer]
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