What will be your verse?

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“We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race and the human race is filled with passion. 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, that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?”

Robin Williams (RIP) in his role as private school English teacher John Keating in Dead Poets Society



2 thoughts on “What will be your verse?

  1. I remember Robin once explaining to my mother that in some Native American language the word crazy did not exist. He said the closest thing they had to it was enchanted. When people would question her about what he was like, was he crazy? Her reply was always, ‘No, he is enchanted.’ What a kind, sweet, selfless man he was. May he rest in peace.

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