sábado, 30 de abril de 2011

The poetry in Dead Poets society

The movie Dead Poets society tells us about poetry every time. Since the choice of title as also of the content. The poet Walt Whitman is remembered constantly. He is very important to development the plot of movie. Because, Whitman elaborated free verses in American poetry. So, when we know it, our interpretation can become better than without knowing. In the beginning of the story, the teacher (Robin Williams), in the first day of class, asked students to strum the book of literary theory. He wants his students to learn to feel the poetry. This tough is in accordance with the transcendentalism ideas of Whitman. These ideas can be summarized in this phrase: “[…] the belief in an ideal spirituality that "transcends" the physical and empirical and is realized only through the individual's intuition, rather than through the doctrines of established religions.”* Therefore, the atmosphere of the film brings mysticism, an idea of freedom with death as the romantics did so well. Other thought that allies the movie with the poetry is the famous phrase: carpe diem. This sentence was written by Horace. He was the poet also. Robin Williams says to his students constantly: enjoy life! This idea was present in another literary movement called Arcadian. The two main ideas: Carpe diem and Whitman are only central ideas that I chose to elaborate this text. Because the film, Dead Poets society, breathes poetry. The poetry in the film is pure feeling, intuition and pleasure. I like this way of learning, reading poetry.

®Naiana Freitas, 30 de abril de 2011.

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