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What will your verse be?

October 21, 2009

Dead Poet’s Society – Movie that inspired me to teach

I saw the movie a couple of months ago and fell in love with it. Excellent dialogues delivered by Robin Williams (Professor Keating) himself. You just need to read them and feel the chill within you.

No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.

Professor Keating is showing the picture of old meritorious students, who had studied in the same college many years ago, to his students and speaks:

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.

One of my favorite… Professor explains his students the importance of poetry in my, yours and everyone’s life

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?

On education

I always thought the idea of education was to learn to think for yourself.

The movie inspired me to think about teaching as a profession and gave my life a new direction. It inspired me to contribute a verse of my own.

That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?

7 Comments leave one →
  1. October 21, 2009 10:15

    Congrats for the new blog ..and for the first comment ..I feel really honored ๐Ÿ™‚

    And for your post ..i am going to watch the movie soon


  2. October 26, 2009 05:53

    thanks bhi nahi bola suggest karne ke liye ๐Ÿ˜€

    @Achal – I suggested you the movie back in college itself u bugger…


  3. October 26, 2009 05:56

    Btw Amit – That makes two of us ๐Ÿ˜‰ or perhaps may be more.


  4. Amit Deshwal permalink*
    October 26, 2009 06:21

    @ Achal – thanks man ๐Ÿ™‚ and yes watch the movie.. waise thr are many more movies you shld see.. See August Rush

    @ Anuj – i think thr are more.. many more ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. October 28, 2009 05:56

    @Consti – achha hain, meri batayi hui movies sabko recommend karo, thodi coutesy to paas kar diya karo ๐Ÿ˜€


  6. Amit Deshwal permalink*
    October 28, 2009 06:28

    @ Anuj bhaiya – Tumhe galat fami ho rahi hai dost.. tumne to wo beerfest recemmend ki thi ๐Ÿ˜€


  7. October 28, 2009 06:40

    bade bhaiya – humne august rush aapko dikhai thi ๐Ÿ˜‰


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