The professor briefly mentioned their influence, but can't go in-depth into their poetry.
I'm sure by now you're all wondering why.
It's the same reason why there was so much controversy over "The Kiss" being banned from the Rodin* exhibit at the Museum of Art on campus.
While I understand that BYU is a private (largely religious) university and can do whatever they want to, sometimes they get
The debate over the Beats is the language factor. Yes, there is quite a bit of profanity (among other things) in Beat poetry. But honestly, if you're an English major and can't handle some language, you probably shouldn't be an English major. i.e. every book I've read thus far in my English education (both in high school and college) has had some language or sexual references, etc. Like nudity in the art museum, it comes with the territory of literature. Especially modern and postmodern literature; i.e. 20th century to the present.
All I'm trying to say is that if you get so offended by things that you read that you complain to the extent that an entire (extremely important and influential) genre of poetry gets cut from my 20th century American poetry class, go change your major to engineering or chemistry, or something.
It's not my intention to offend anybody with this post, and I apologize if I have. It's just something I feel very strongly about. I hate censorship. We're all adults here. This shouldn't be an issue at a university where we are supposed to be able to learn uninhibitedly.