Poetry of Lawrence Ferlinghetti

The paper examines in depth the poetry of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, father of the Beat generation, by exploring concepts of Art, Place, and Sociopolitics in the poetry.

This paper discusses Lawrence Ferlinghetti, one of the main cultural architects to draft a visionary blueprint for a new, stable world order, as expressed through art. This paper reviews in detail poetry that covers the Twentieth Century.

Table of Contents
Graphic Form
Ferlinghetti’s Relationship to and Influence on other Poets
The General Need for Coherence
Levels of Geographic Specificity
Country Names
City Names
Street Names
Personal Hangouts
The Noun Phrase
Sociopolitical Concerns
Communal Stability
Oppression of Other Cultures
The Environment and Animal Rights
Freedom of Expression
The Need for Communication
Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s belief that the old world has been replaced by a
new one is made clear in his title of his first book, Pictures of the Gone World. The description of the world of the past as gone indicates Ferlinghetti’s belief that an irreconcilable break with the world of the past has occurred, rendering the old world pictures incapable of describing present reality. From this, it follows that the world needs to be viewed anew with a fresh eye and redescribed. However, this does not mean that elements of the gone world cannot be adapted into the new reality.