Ciara Williams Humanities and Social Science
San Francisco Beat and Spoken Word Movements: Beating the American Bandwagon Mentality
The written word has been used to comment on cultural trends and mindsets for centuries. My research focuses on the Beat and modern spoken word movements, seeing how the poets during those times commented on American bandwagon mentality. The Beat poets focused primarily on the post-World War II stoicism that was permeating through the American culture. The modern spoken word poets write about the modern hysteria to join multiple causes that span from global warming to ending world hunger. Both poetry movements seem to have qualms with how people do not have a clear and individual reason for why they choose to follow these trends. The goal of my research is to compare and contrast the social and historical issues these poetry movements explore to see how their commentaries are similar, explaining how past verse writers continue to influence modern poetics.