July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014
“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. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?”
– John Keating | Dead Poets Society 1989
& check out Walt Whitman’s noteworthy piece “O Captain! My Captain!”
As writers, we write because we don’t know what else to do with the emotions that’ve been evoked in us from everything around us. There are many things words could do justice, but a life isn’t one of them. And there are some people especially, whose smiles are instilled in the hearts of millions for eternity. Actor Robin Williams is one of the most vital legends of our childhood – whether you’re young or old, if you’ve seen his films, the inner child inside of you has felt inexpressible joy. It’s heartfelt comedies like Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, Hook, the unforgettable voice of the Genie from Aladdin and more that’ve instilled his noteworthy passion into the world. And it’s the inspirationally timeless film like Dead Poets Society most of us still quote to this day that remains implanted in our hearts as an uplifting go-to film. Whatever role Williams has played, he’s made certain the audience has seen his passion – and there aren’t many things in entertainment that are as significant. Williams’ inimitably masterful ways are celebrated at this very moment as millions grieve the unfortunate and tragic loss of a man who made us all smile during our darkest days. May he rest in peace and may those he loved feel his presence everyday.
Above all things take his talent as an inspiration – make someone else smile every day and continue to watch his films because they’re treasures that’ll be talked about as long as man lives.