Saturday, October 10, 2009

Angry Young Men

Though the term drifted across the Atlantic and concerned writers such as John Osborne and Kingsley Amis, every generation and genre has its angry young men. They gather like wolves at the fringes, wearing cardigans and dangling pipes, or jaunty pork pie hats and tight-fitting suits. They describe the lay of the land with great authority, quickly figuring out the best launch pads for careers and attacks. The attacks are planned with military precision: when its best to bomb, which kingpins to take out and when. AYM seem to have endless time to craft manifestos and write elaborate critiques, and like most bullies, quickly find themselves with an army of younger, angry (or enthusiastic) young men rallying behind.

3 comments:

Chris Banks said...

Yup, that seems just about right to me. But the funny thing about angry young men is that they grow up to be bitter old boys. You know the type. The ones railing against all these other poets winning the awards and getting the grants and unable to accept the fact that maybe, just maybe, people do not like their poetry.

Amanda said...

i find this to be a stereotype. it's funny that you never hear the term Angry Young Women and yet there are and have been plenty of them, picketing at protest rallys, writing angry folk songs or anti-male spoken word rants...i think there are plenty of angry young people. i don't think gender has anything to do with anger.

Lemon Hound said...

Sure it is. And yet there isn't an entry in the book for angry young women. Maybe there will be something else? Strident young dykes? Stitch-in-bitch fiction? Estrogen poetics?