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A Comparison of Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac

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Why. Excuse me. Why. Does. Excuse. Why me. I mean. Excuse me. Why. Does. It . Always end up this way. Like this. A performance. It’s my best excuse. And. I’m on the wagon. Again. Why. Excuses. Sitting in the state of a daydream. No. Falling. A performance. Why what it comes down to. Poetry. And. My two main men. Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac. Both use their individual voice to perform the buddhistic beat they feel is part of their poetry/ their beatific movement. Even though these two poets influenced each other. And. Their voices are significantly different. Each has a personal style one cannot deny. And. Each boy added his separate beat to the music they created as a generation. A beat generation. Jack’s buddhistic jazz/ blues chorus poetry is domesticized/ tainted Christianity-wise. And. Allen’s sound becomes zentific without Christianity/ hanging on a cross in the backbeat of his prose poetry. While each may have his own personal style/ both poets use the same technique in sound. And. Rhythm to give their audience something to bugaloo to. Excuse me. What’s. That. Poetry. Baby. A performance. So. Please brother. Take a chance. And. Dance. (She says that as she shh shh shivers.)

“It’s all gotta be non stop ad libbing within each chorus, or the gig is shot” (Kerouac, 1). And he meant every word of it. Jack’s system of jazz/blues choruses work on/carry on harmonically as well as through certain words or phrases put together through sound. And also like jazz, his music, seemed to happen spontaneously, like nothing was planned. In the ‘182nd Chorus’, the ideas behind the phrase “The Essence of Existence is Buddhahood” is carried on into the ‘183rd Chorus’ with the phrase “This is the real Buddha” (Allen, 171). It is like a bar of music in a jazz or blues riff. The idea and sound of one chord moves into the next, traveling, never knowing where it is going to end up. Just like the idea and sound of one line in one of Jack’s choruses moves into the next, traveling, never knowing where it is going to end up. It sounds and looks spontaneous.

And because of this it is meant to be preformed out loud so it can be heard like a jazz or blues riff wailing.

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