The poet behind the doors: Jim Morrison's poetry and the 1960s countercultural movement.

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While there has been a wealth of literature on Jim Morrison, the lead singer of the Doors, little work has actually been done to engage in a serious critical study of his poetry and lyrics. As a result, critics have continually misrepresented his work (usually linking it to a drug culture), the poetic tradition from which he built, and, most importantly, his place within the context of the 1960s. Looking at both his poetry and his lyrics, this thesis begins to discover reasons for Morrison's fractured relationship with his generation. This relationship can be better understood by examining Morrison's work alongside two cultural phenomena that were incredibly popular during the 1960s: Eastern religion and also communal living. While, on the one hand, Morrison uncompromisingly insisted upon individuality, allowing people to become the creators of their own reality through their imagination, the spiritual practice of Eastern religion and the material practice of communal living on the other hand insisted upon people following specific creeds and doctrines to reach a higher level of spiritual cognition and/or inner peace. By understanding the reasons for this fractured relationship, we can not only better understand the context of "Five to One" and his notorious 1969 concert in Miami---two instances where Morrison insults his generation for their lack of willpower and their enslavement to a fixed system of order---but we can also see that Morrison himself was highly aware that his core message that he preached throughout his career (1966--71) was radically opposed to the messages and visions embraced by his generation.
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  • BN ID: 2940043604149
  • Publisher: ProQuest LLC
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eTextbook
  • Pages: 76
  • File size: 311 KB

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