Dead Poet’s Society
This is on my door and before beginning a new Poetry Unit with a new class I also show the clip from the film where Robin Williams says:
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.
Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are all 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?
Makes them think but does it make them “want to know more”? More to come!