“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?”
— John Keating (Robin Williams), Dead Poets Society (1989), written by Tom Schulman
The Daily Dialogue theme for the week is inspiration, suggested by Summer Johnson. Today’s suggestion by Ben Jacoby.
Trivia: Originally, Professor Keating was supposed to die of leukemia. But the director decided to have the story focus on the boys instead.
Dialogue On Dialogue: Great way to end this week because April is National Poetry Month!