The aim of this course is to appreciate film and poetry in depth. We will discuss topics such as the importance of words and the significance of our lives.
This course is an introduction to poetry and film. 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 the screenplay and to N. H. Kleinbaum's novelization of the film.
A Peter Weir film, Dead Poets Society （映画『いまを生きる』） 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.
Class attendance / presentations / quiz / assignments
１．Dead Poets Society (a Peter Weir film) ２．Mr. Keating's message ３．"We must make our lives extraordinary." ４．"We must force ourselves to look at things differently." ５．"Carpe diem," Seize the day ６．Neil Perry and his father ７．Todd Anderson finding his own voice ８．Poets: Robert Herrick ９．Walt Whitman, "What will your verse be?" 10．Robert Frost, "I took the road less traveled by . . ." 11．Discussion: Do words and ideas have the power to change the world? 12．Discussion: Why does one read poetry? 13．Finding your own voice and verse 14．Writing about film and literature 15．Sharing your favorite poem and film
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