I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked

from Allen Ginsberg – Howl on Rap Genius

Meaning

Several of Allen Ginsberg’s friends suffered from mental illness (Carl Solomon), drug addiction (William S Burroughs), and alcoholism (Jack Kerouac). All were highly creative individuals; Kerouac (On the Road) and Burroughs (Naked Lunch) were famous authors in their own right.

Note the use of the word “generation” refers to the “Beat Generation,” a phrase coined by Jack Kerouac in 1948 to refer to the rebellious that arose from said era of America.

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