Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Y is for . . .

Image courtesy: Mark Robinson

“I sound my barbaric yawp over the rooftops of the world.” Walt Whitman

I'll admit it; I haven't read Leaves Of Grass. This quote came to me in the 1989 movie Dead Poets Society. Robin Williams plays Mr. Keating, the ideal English teacher who knows just how to draw out the shy kids. Keating makes the main character, Todd Anderson, played by Ethan Hawke, go to the front of the class and let out a yawp. As if that wasn't embarassing enough, Keating then makes Todd compose a poem about Whitman on the spot. The kid pulls it off to the delight of everyone in the classroom. 

It may be a cheesy movie, but for someone just out of high school at the time, I loved it. I imagine most authors can identify with this quote. How about you? Fan of Dead Poets Society or Whitman?


  1. I remember seeing it at theaters but it didn't really resonate with me. I think because it was so male! I was more into female-driven stories at the time. I need to watch it again.

  2. Ethan Hawk!!! I loved, adored and worshiped Dead Poet's Society:) I even have a chapter in my WIP named after this movie. After the movie, I read everything I could find by Whitman and Thoreau and Shelley and Keats. I even formed a poetry's society with my bff:)

  3. I am a fan of Whitman. That's quite a picture of him up there!

  4. The idea that Whitman was banned at one time still amazes me. I loved Dead Poets Society--Robin Williams is really an outstanding actor.

  5. When I was in middle school I LOVED Dead Poets Society; it was the first movie I cried at (ok, I did cry watching ET when I was 6). But I like Walt Whitman too - I haven't read a lot of Whitman, but what I have read I've enjoyed. Thanks for the yawp! :D

  6. I saw Dead Poets so long ago that I can't remember it.

    I love Whitman, but haven't read a complete collection.

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    great job with the challenge!

    1. Thanks. Sometimes it's the picture that makes the blog. Hooray for Flickr!

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