Flashback Movie: Dead Poets Society
I hadn’t seen this movie since high school English but every time I was reminded of it, I remembered how I much I enjoyed it.
So I was out running errands one day and I had this craving to watch this movie. When I got home I searched it up on the TV guide and found tht it was playing the next morning! Score! I set up a recording on that ASAP and watched it the next day.
This movie is a well written drama that takes place in the 1950s starring Robin Wlliams (as John Keating) and a young Ethan Hawke. It takes place at an all boys boarding school, primarily in the boys English class which is taught by Williams. He teaches them to be unconventional and to follow their dreams no matter what. He encourages them to be poetic and to write from the heart.
This is an emotional movie that is inspirational in an odd way. The characters are well developed, and it is easy to relate to at least one of them (even if they are boys in the 1950s). I won’t butcher it by saying anything else but I will share some of my favourite quotes from the movie.
“John Keating: O Captain, my Captain. Who knows where that comes from? Anybody? Not a clue? It’s from a poem by Walt Whitman about Mr. Abraham Lincoln. Now in this class you can either call me Mr. Keating, or if you’re slightly more daring, O Captain my Captain. “
“John Keating: 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? “
If you’ve seen this movie, let me know what you think!!
Quotes from imdb.com and photo from en.wikipedia.org.