Morning Meanderings… Dead Poets Society


Good morning 🙂  Coffee on? Me too!

Last night I watched one of my favorite all time movies, Dead Poets Society.  I have wanted to rewatch this one since the sad passing of Robin Williams, however it was not on Netflix and I did not own it.  Finally I broke down and bought it off Amazon and then last night I finally felt I was in the right frame of mind to watch it.

I debated if this was a separate post or a morning meandering, and due to the fact it is an older movie I went with meandering.

I hope you know the movie.  If you do not know it, I hope after this post you will find it and watch it.

This is a 1989 movie starring Robin Williams as the new college English teacher, Mr. Keating, in an all boys school.  Mr. Keating has a unique way of teaching that gets in the students heads and makes them thnk, yet hs unusual teaching is frowned on by the powers that be at the school.

One of Mr. Kreatings students, Neil, is particularly passionate but has an overly strict father who wants Neil to stick to the studies and nothing to do with fun or the things that interest Neil.  When Neil and his friends find out that Mr. Keating was once in a group called the Dead’s Poet Society.  When the boys question Keating, he tells them about the group he once was in and that they met in the caves beyond the school yard reading poetry from the greats.  Of course the boys at first thought this was ridiculous but slowly they get behind the idea of this secret society.

The movie embraces individual thinking, the power of words (LOVE that!), and how both can open up people to be better and stronger individuals.

I can not tell you how much I love this movie.  I even get emotional as I type.  It is an excellent example of how constant conforming can kill the spirit.  It was also a look back at a younger full of life Robin Williams, in his prime, and I enjoyed watching him so much.  I wish Robin could have always seen himself as the person we seen him as.  He will always be missed.


Today is a work day, tonight is the Library Board meeting.  Tomorrow morning I will announce the winner of my Dewey read a thon giveaway…. I need to choose a winner!


19 thoughts on “Morning Meanderings… Dead Poets Society

  1. What a great movie! My husband is a English teacher and I can’t believe he hasn’t seen this one. I’ll have to look for it at the library.

  2. This was my favourite movie growing up and it is still a particular favourite.

    I haven’t watched it in a few years but seeing your post has gotten me all nostalgic. I must dig it out. 🙂

  3. I’ve watched (and listened to) this movie many times over the years (I own it, too) and when he died, I’ve had trouble wanting to watch or listen to any of his stuff because I feel too saddened by it. And I think his demise was more due to his fears (for years) and then, with his Parkinson’s diagnosis, couldn’t handle what the future would become for himself or his family, not seeing that him being gone was infinitely harder than dealing with his illness for all those who loved him 😦

  4. This is still one of my favorite movies of all time. I watched it recently again as well and it’s just as awesome as before (except this time I bawled even more). But so worth it!

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