The Beauty of Words in Film – Dead Poet’s Society

Dead Poets Society was another popular movie for its time winning many awards and accolades including the Oscar for best screenplay. Many film fans consider this to be one of Robin Williams’ finest films (although he has many). If you are a fan of Robin Williams or a fan of movies in general, you should definitely check out this movie if you haven’t already. It is considered one of the top movies of all-time ranking on IMDb currently as 212 out of 250 movies by IMDb users. It is also rated highly on other movie aggregate websites such as Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

In terms of writing and poetry, it is a film dedicated to the written word and in particular, poetry where Robin Williams plays a teacher who is trying to broaden the horizons of his students by getting them to engage in poetry. His teaching methods are a little “different” to what most teachers would probably consider using in class and as a result, he slowly begins to earn the respect of his students. And in turn, his students earned his respect by putting aside childish notions of what poetry is and embracing the beauty of words and their importance in the English language.

Poems featured in the film include:

“She Walks in Beauty” by Lord Byron
“The Ballad of William Bloat” by Raymond Calvert
“The Prophet” by Abraham Cowley
“The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost
“To the Virgins” by Robert Herrick
“The Congo” by Vachel Lindsay
“Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day” by William Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
“Ulysses” by Alfred Lord Tennyson
“Walden” by Henry David Thoreau
“O Captain! My Captain!” by Walt Whitman
“O Me! O Life!” by Walt Whitman

– via The Independent

She Walks in Beauty and The Road Not Taken are two of my favourites so I’ve added one of those poems here for you to read if you’re not familiar:

She Walks in Beauty

By Lord Byron (George Gordon)

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

Do you have any favourite poem featured in this film or any other? Let me know in the comments and I’d be happy to include it in this post series!

Stay safe out there my friends, keep writing and I’ll see you in tomorrow’s post!

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