Re: Beat poetry, yeah it's often pretty frustrating. Ferlinghetti is my favorite- he's simple yet intelligent and insightful and often quite funny. Ginsberg is obviously groundbreaking and important but long-winded and a bit of a chore. Guess O'Hara is sometimes lumped with them even though he was NY-based- he's good but inconsistent which seems to be the issue with all The Beats (guess that's inevitable with that type of experimentation). I also feel like "The 2 Kenneths" (Rexroth and Patchen) who are sometimes considered fathers of the Beat poetry movement are generally better and more consistent than their "children".
As you may have noticed, I've sorta been zigzagging chronopoligcxally but basically working backwards, starting with Bukowski, then to French symbolism, back to The Beats. So Blake is the only "romantic boy" I've read so far (and he sorta seems to be in his own category)