Robin Williams will always be remembered as one of the great actors of our time. He is applauded for his talents and praised for his ability to transform a role and make it monumental, whether it be a comedic or dramatic one.
Earlier this year, Apple released a poetic television ad for the iPad Air that saluted Williams’ incredible ability to perform, by using his speech as John Keating in the 1989 classic Dead Poets Society. After Williams’ sudden and tragic death, the ad (shown here again) becomes even more meaningful as you listen to his monologue on poetry, the human race and the meaning of life.
The speech reads:
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?