The Beats Poetry

a social and literary movement
Who were the beats?

beat down
What did “Beat” originally mean?

conformity
What did the beats react to?

outcasts
They did not fit the acceptable mold so they were considered what?

drugs, sex, jazz, buddhism
What did the Beats search for heightened awareness through?

grew up in a racially segregated country
Why were the Beats alienated?

political, religious, and sexual differences
What did they have little tolerance for?

“the first thought is the best thought”
What did Kerouac say when describing how he wrote?

beatniks
What were the Beats also called?

sputnik
What does the term ‘beatnik’ come from?

linked the beats to the fear of the USSR and communism
Why were the beats called beatniks?