3 weeks ago
John Keating – Dead Poets Society “Now in this class you can either call me Mr. Keating, or if you’re slightly more daring, O Captain, my Captain.” You dare not call him Mr Keating again. He makes all the difference. To your 18 year old self, who lives life ordinary and never thinks about change, captain gives you your own voice.
Captain walks down to the classroom carrying a quirky smile on his face, and speaks like honey in his mouth. He slowly walks down in between the rows like the classroom is a garden, and you are mere flowers waiting for the sunshine. Except he feeds you with his lessons and poetry.
“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,” Captain says, squeezing your soul in his arms and letting your heart beat in liberty. Liberty to stand out through your words, verses and ideas that holds power to change the world.
This world has two kinds of people – the writers and the readers. Writers have a voice, their accent is poetic and they make you fall in love with life and teach you how to actually live it and not survive in this vast community of human race. On the other hand, readers, they learn to stand out and develop perspective. “When you read, don’t just consider what the author thinks, consider what you think,” Captain says. Afterall, to understand oneself is to develop thinking of your own; no matter how gibberish you think it is.
Captain will quote for you the greatest works of Shakespeare, Whitman, Frost and other leaders to make you understand the depths that the life you live carries, and the verse that you have inside you.
To quote Captain – “This is a battle, a war, and the casualties could be your hearts and souls.” You can’t put poetry into measurements – Its language, it’s magic, it’s love and it is to seize the day, and the moments that you come across in life and makes it worth living. Carpe Diem!
Mr. Keating is the leader this world needs to create more free-thinkers and spread the magic that poetry needs to exist and make our lives extraordinary.