â€œI saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked â€¦â€ ~ Allen Ginsberg, from â€œHowlâ€
This year marks the 50th anniversary of what is considered one of the greatest American poems ever written. Itâ€™s author, not yet 30, joined the ranks of the great poets of the 20th Century, almost as soon as the poem was published. To this day, several years after his death, he is arguably the most well known poet the United States has ever produced. He resides with Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allen Poe, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and sits next to Bob Dylan.
He personified the â€œpoetâ€ in American minds: rebel, promiscuous, liberal, intelligent, troubled. As Einstein personifies The Scientist, Ginsberg is The Poet.
This week, on From the Vault, we look back at the poem that made the ma