My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Before starting the review, I am going to ask you a general question about poetry, Why do we read Poetry? Or if you are a poet yourself, why do you write it? Try answering this amiable quest for yourself. Stop now, and think about it. Take a moment, describe in one (or many) word(s) as you prefer, ‘Why do you read or write Poetry?’
Okay then, I guess, you have answered the question for yourself. Now let’s see what cordial John Keatings has to say on the concerning matter,
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. So 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.
The quote is from the Dead Poets Society written by N. H. Kleinbaum adapting a movie in to a book that is a simple, short and will probably take same amount of time to read as many of us might have spent on the movie.
For those who haven’t watched the movie or read the book, I’ll summarize the plot: Todd Anderson and his friends at Welton Academy can hardly believe how different life is since their new English professor, the flamboyant John Keating, has challenged them to make their lives extraordinary! Inspired by Keating, the boys resurrect the Dead Poets Society–a secret club where, free from the constraints and expectations of school and parents, they let their passions run wild. As Keating turns the boys on to the great words of Byron, Shelley, Whitman, and Keats, they discover not only the beauty of language, but the importance of making each moment count.But the Dead Poets pledges soon realize that their newfound freedom can have tragic consequences.
There isn’t much to the plot and the characterization as the book takes an assumption that the reader is already familiar with them. Even though, you haven’t heard about it, and still thinking of giving it a try, go for it. It does brief about main characters.
The book raise inquisitive yet snooping questions about our teaching methods. Should the teachers must adapt the flamboyant method of John Keatings and instead of just concentrating on the text, should we let each student touch his own heart and let him experience the amiability of life? Or should students must be left alone with their texts and not let them get impressionable at such an early age? The query itself is tough one and must be given a deep thought. The answer to this query will depend from person to person and his/her methods of acceptance as there is no such thing as a perfect answer. It’s all about the words and ideas that matter and each of them have a tendency to affect the surroundings in both effective and ineffective manner.
That the powerful play(of life) goes on, and you may contribute a verse. -WALT WHITMAN