Life existsI'd been thinking for a while of writing about poetry and its place and why it touches me so deeply - wanting to help others be so profoundly touched. I was watching "Dead Poet's Society" last night, and I was so struck by the following lines on so many levels that I want to write it down for myself and my readers.
The powerful play of life goes on, and YOU may contribute a verse.
We do not read and write poetry because it is cute.“O me, O life of the questions
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:
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
And you may contribute
"That the powerful play goes on, and YOU may contribute a verse."
What will your verse be?
Walt Whitman 1819-1892
Dead Poet's Society (1989) written by Tom Schulman; directedy by Peter Weir