Allen Ginsberg (USA, 1926-1997) was a poet, the leading figure of the Beat generation. He acted as a nexus between the Beat movement of the 50s and the hippies of the 60s, and was friends with Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady, William S. Burroughs, Patti Smith and Bob Dylan. Ginsberg’s poetry was heavily influenced by Modernism, Romanticism and the beat and cadence of Jazz, but also by his following of the Kagyu school of Buddhism and his Jewish upbringing. He considered himself to be a successor of William Blake and Walt Whitman. The power of his poetry, his long verses and his New World-influenced exhuberance reflect the continuity of the inspiration he strived for.