"Poetry, beauty, romance, love... they are the things that keep us alive." It's not only about going to work, earning money, and purchasing flashy items. Keating encourages his students—and us—to seek out the important things in life, such as beauty, romance, and love, and to appreciate the passions that drive us. He shows us that we should use our time on Earth to the fullest extent possible.
Keating believes that poetry, along with music, drama, and literature in general, can help heal society by bringing people together in peace and harmony. He wants to inspire a new generation of poets who will share their gifts with the world.
Dead Poets Society is a 1989 American coming-of-age film directed, written, produced, and scored by Peter Weir. The film tells the story of Robin Williams's character, John Keating, who leads a group of young men at a private school in New York City by teaching them to value the arts over science. The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
So, what does the Dead Poets Society teach us? It teaches us that it's important to live each day as if it was your last because one day it will be. It teaches us that poetry is useful because it brings people together from different backgrounds and cultures and makes them feel less alone in this world. And it teaches us that the key to a successful life is to find your passion and follow it.
We don't read or create poetry because we think it's cute. We read and compose poetry because we are human beings. And the human race is rife with zeal. And medical, law, business, and engineering are all noble vocations that are required to support life.
Poetry is useful because it can express things that cannot be said otherwise, including feelings and ideas that may not be apparent from just listening to someone speak. A poem can illuminate different aspects of a subject through juxtaposition of images or ideas that wouldn't be clear from reading only one line of text. For example, a reader might understand that a person feels misunderstood at a social event by reading "I didn't mean to upset you" followed by "I hope you get my message," but wouldn't know how to interpret "a ballroom of staring faces / wrapped in silk masks." A poet could use this kind of juxtaposition to great effect.
Finally, poetry makes us feel like what we are saying matters. Even if no one else understands exactly what you're trying to say, if only you did - if only you felt your own pain and frustration as you do another's kindness - you would never have to worry about expressing yourself again.
Our society tends to devalue certain types of expression. Painting, for example, was once seen as a profession for people who lived in cities and had little money of their own.
And we don't just mean "carpe diem," albeit that is a key phrase. He instructs them in the ways of life, love, and, you guessed it, poetry. Mr. Keating: We don't read and create poetry for the sake of being cute. We read and create it because we care about what happens to people's souls. And the only way to do that is by getting into their hearts and minds through their senses. So, yes, we play with our food, eat it with our hands, and enjoy every last bit of it.
He also teaches them self-discipline and commitment. When asked why he starts so many fights, especially with such small students, he replies: "Because they need killing."
Finally, he teaches them about death. When one of his students dies, he tells the others that death is an important part of life and that they should not fear it. Later, when another student commits suicide, Mr. Keating explains to the class that everyone has a right to happiness even if they cannot be happy forever. Finally, he tells them that poetry is the language of dreams and that they should use it to express themselves.
In conclusion, Mr. Keating teaches them everything they need to know about life, love, and poetry.