Monday, May 13, 2013

We all contribute a verse

Happy Monday!

I've mentioned before that one of my all-time favorite movies is Dead Poets Society. I've always thought that the scene in which Mr. Keating (quoting poet Walt Whitman) explains the importance of poetry is one of the best in the film. He says we read and write poetry because we are members of the human race; because life exists; because life's powerful play goes on, and we all contribute a verse. Keating's question at the end of the scene is a good one for all of us: What will your verse be?



Wishing you all a beautiful Monday. ☺

36 comments:

  1. Excellent post! One of my favourite movies, too. Now I need to get a copy and watch it again!

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    1. Thanks. I want to watch it again, too. In fact, I added it to my Netflix queue last night. :)

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  2. I haven't watched it in years, but now I really want to! I remember loving it. I wonder if I could get my kids to sit down to watch it with me....

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    1. I hope so. I bet they'd enjoy it. ☺

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  3. Love this. Watched it a long time ago and this post makes me want to watch it again. Wonderful movie.

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    1. You should. I plan to watch it again soon, too.

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  4. Remember seeing the film but always thought it a sad one. Have a great Monday

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    1. Yes, sad but inspirational. :)

      Happy Monday, Bill.

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  5. Now I want to figure out what my verse would be. Do you know yours?

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  6. One of the most influential movies I've seen.

    I got to see it in the movie theater, as it opened the same day as the first Batman. I was in high school, working for a survey company. I was giving out surveys for Honey I Shrank the Kids. The manager said we could see any movies for free the whole weekend.

    I got sick of seeing Batman, so I caught almost all of DPS. It was probably one of the reasons I became a high school English teacher.

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    1. I think it was one of the reasons I decided to teach English as well. It's really an amazing, inspirational film.

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  7. I'm glad you posed this question on a Monday and not on a Friday. However, I have no answer. I bet you do!

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    1. I might. :)

      I think in a way that my kids are a part of my verse—my contribution to society. I'd also like to believe that, at least for a few people, my poetry is my verse—my small voice among all the others.

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  8. Excellent reminder! I loved teaching English! The best time was teaching in the minimum security men's penitentiary!

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    1. I taught English and journalism for several years at a college out in Nebraska. I know how you feel; those years are among my best memories.

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  9. Thank you Dana! It is a great movie and this is a wonderful scene from it. I wish Robin Williams had always chosen movies that used his talents like this one did.

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    1. Yes, this is definitely one of the best films he's done.

      Have a great week!

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  10. Awesome movie! Have a wonderful week. :)

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  11. Hello! Very nice blog and interesting posts, great atmosphere.
      Have a nice day. :)
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    "Do what you love is not even that, but anyway"

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  12. A great reminder that we all contribute to the whole fabric of existence.

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    1. Yes, it really is.

      I hope you had a great Monday, Joy. ☺

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  13. I was thinking about poetry earlier, actually. Not really about anything in particular, but just that I wanted to get back to writing it more often than a few times a year.

    Have a good night and a happy Tuesday! =)

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    1. Good for you! One of my goals this year was to write more poetry, and I'm happy to say that so far, I'm doing it! :)

      Hope you have a great Tuesday. ☺

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  14. sounds like a great movie to watch.:) Thanks for sharing, Dana

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    1. It really is. I hope you get the chance to see it someday.

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  15. I hated the ending to that movie

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  16. This is one of the most inspirational movies I've ever seen. Carpe Diem!!

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  17. I really loved that movie!

    our life IS poetry!

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