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?
PITTS: “To the virgins, to make much of time”?
KEATING: Yes, that’s the one. Somewhat appropriate, isn’t it?
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.-
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!
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.