Posted by: Idioma Extra | August 18, 2014

Multimedia Mondays

Carpe Diem

In honor of the death of Robin Williams, we have selected a video from one of his movies.

The movie is called Dead Poet’s Society and is about an English teacher who tries to inspire his students to love reading poetry. It is one of his best roles.

Below is the video, which has captions. Under that, you will find the transcript with links to some key vocabulary words that you may not know.

We hope this video inspires you to seize the day!


KEATING: Now, Mr… Pitts. That’s a rather unfortunate name. Mr. Pitts, where are you?

Mr. Pitts, would you open your hymnal to page 542 and read the first stanza of the poem you find there?

PITTS: “To the virgins, to make much of time”?

KEATING: Yes, that’s the one. Somewhat appropriate, isn’t it?

PITTS: “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, old time is still a flying, and this same flower that miles today, tomorrow will be dying.”

KEATING: Thank you Mr. Pitts. “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may.” The Latin term for that sentiment is Carpe Diem. Now who knows what that means?

MEEKS: Carpe Diem. That’s “seize the day.”

KEATING: Very good, Mr.-

MEEKS: Meeks.

KEATING: Meeks. Another unusual name. Seize the day. Gather ye rosebuds while ye may. Why does the writer use these lines?

CHARLIE: Because he’s in a hurry.

KEATING: No, ding!

Thank you for playing anyway. Because we are food for worms, lads. Because, believe it or not, each and every one of us in this room is one day going to stop breathing, turn cold, and die.

Now I would like you to step forward over here and peruse some of the faces from the past.  You’ve walked past them many times. I don’t think you’ve really looked at them.

They’re not that different from you, are they? Same haircuts. Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they’re destined for great things, just like many of you. Their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because you see gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in.

Carpe. Hear it? Carpe. Carpe Diem. Seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.


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