This course is an introduction to poetry and also an introduction to prose. In Dead Poets Society, a motion picture written by Tom Schulman, Mr. Keating (Robin Williams) comes to Welton Academy and introduces the world of poetry to the boys. We will watch the film, enjoy the poems, and discuss how the world of poetry influences our lives. We will also refer to N. H. Kleinbaum's novelization of the film.
Class attendance / assignments / term exam
N. H. Kleinbaum, Dead Poets Society (1989) Other readings to be supplied as handouts.
Reference books will be introduced in class.
Active participation in class.
1. Dead Poets Society (a Peter Weir film) 2. N. H. Kleinbaum, Dead Poets Society 3. Themes (1) We must make our lives extraordinary.
(2) We must force ourselves to look at things differently.
(3) Carpe Diem (Seize the day) 4. Poets (1) William Shakespeare (2) Robert Herrick (3) Alfred Lord Tennyson (4) Walt Whitman (5) Robert Frost 5. Do words and ideas have the power to change the world? 6. Why does one read poetry?
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