The death of Robin Williams affected me a lot. Primarily because his character, John Keating, in the movie Dead Poets’ Society has inspired me to write and write and write.
We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And 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, “O me! O life!… of the questions 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, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?
I will write poetry. This will be my contribution. This will be my verse.
So long, captain. I will continue seeing the world from different perspectives.
As you also said in the movie:
I stand upon my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way.
Thank you, Robin Williams for being John Keating. Thank you for the inspiration, my Captain.