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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Robin Williams

Below is a quote from Dead Poets Society, less famous than the dramatic ‘Oh Captain, my Captain!’, but in that scene, Mr Keating (Robin Williams) calls all boys together around him, in a very secretive manner, as if to explain one of the big secrets of life. Since this is a literature lesson, it is actually about why we read and write poetry, ... which is not far away from the big secrets of life. :)
 Well, in a way, he gives one answer which I always found very beautiful and intriguing.

“But poetry, beauty, romance, love;
These are what we stay alive for  [...]“

Here, Mr Keating quotes the (for him) inevitable Walt Whitman 

“[...]The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?

That you are here—that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.”

The scene ends with Mr Keating looking at Todd, asking

“What will your verse be?”

This is where your own dreams should fit in, whether it is having a child and family, helping others or creating something new, leave a positive mark, write your own verse. I love the positive message of it, because it is inspiring and invites us to make something positive out of our lives. I am not sure if I had believed it if someone else had played Mr Keating, but Robin Williams was believable as a teacher. 

Thank you, Robin Williams, for being Mr Keating in Dead Poets Society. 

You will be missed by so many who thought, laughed and cried because you made them to.



  1. What a lovely tribute to a wonderful man, actor and comedian Nina, and awesome quotes. He made us laugh, cry and think and will be greatly missed. Nanu, Nanu Robin.


  2. Thank you Roz, I have watched many of his movies, but Dead Poets Society is definitely my favourite one with Robin Williams. I know about Mork and Mindy, but have only watched a few minutes of that at all, but it was funny. Is that series from the beginning of his career? I think I'll try to find more of it.



  3. I remember him from Mork and Mindy to great perfomances in Good Will Hunting. My daughter watched him in A Night At the Museum 3 days ago. always a twinkle in his eyes. Much missed talent.

  4. Hi DF, yes, you are so right about the twinkle in his eyes, it was a bit like his trademark. He really will be missed.




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