Walt Whitman Book Review: Review Of The Dead Poets Society

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Painfully shy Todd Anderson has been sent to the school where his popular older brother was valedictorian.His room-mate,Neil,although exceedingly bright and popular,is very much under the thumb of his overbearing father.The two,along with their other friends,meet Professor Keating,their new English teacher,who tells them of the Dead Poets Society,and encourages them to go against the status quo.Each,in their own way,does this,and is changed for life.
Seven boys,Neil Perry (Robert Sean Leonard),Todd Anderson (Ethan Hawke),Knox Overstreet (Josh Charles),Charlie Dalton (Gale Hansen),Richard Cameron (Dylan Kussman),Steven Meeks (Allelon Ruggiero) and Gerard Pitts (James Waterston) attend the prestigious Welton Academy prep school,which is based on four principles:Tradition,Honour,Discipline and Excellence.
On the first day of class,the students are introduced to their overwhelming and extraordinary curriculum by sullen headmaster Gale Nolan (Norman Lloyd).However,their new English teacher John Keating (Robin Williams) tells the students that they may call him "O Captain!My Captain!" (the title of a Walt Whitman poem) if they feel daring.His first lesson is unorthodox by Welton standards,whistling the 1812 Overture and taking them out of the classroom to focus on the idea of carpe diem (Latin for 'seize the day ') by looking at the pictures of former Welton students in a trophy case.In a later class Keating has Neil read the introduction to their poetry textbook,a staid,dry
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