This weekend, on Saturday, K asked me to watch this amazing movie – ” Dead Poets Society”. So we watched it together while having dinner.
I strongly urge you all to watch it. I will update it on my cinema corner as well. I don’t know if you will like it, but try it all the same.
This is a story of an English teacher inspiring his students to seize the day and make the most out of it. He ignites in them a love for poetry. But how does he manage to do that when the school is the alma mater to prospective Harvard and Yale students who come with a different set of ideals and dreams and priority? Will they love poetry? This is not too predictable. I thought he will end up doing just that – inspire them to love poetry and I would have loved it even it was just that. But no. It goes beyond that. And for that, you must watch it yourself !
I loved the role of the English teacher, John Keating, essayed by Robin Williams. He says some of the most beautiful lines in the movie. I was so awed by his lines and the context and everything that I just had to share atleast 2 of them under My Favourite Lines series.
John Keating while sharing with the class about poetry and its significance. He asks the class to tear off the first chapter that says how poetry is to be evaluated. He describes poetry as passion and this is what he says in the most poignant manner. Oh, you must watch him while he says it! –
We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?
I loved it absolutely!
On the first day of his class, he takes the bewildered students out of the classroom, shows them the photo of the alumni and points to them and inspires them —
They’re not that different from you, are they? Same haircuts. Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they’re destined for great things, just like many of you, their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because, you see gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it? – – Carpe – – hear it? – – Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.
Have you watched this amazing movie? Did you like it? Did it move you in any special way? Did it remind you of something?
I leave you with this image –
Happy week folks! 🙂 🙂