That the powerful play
— and you may contribute a verse.
INT. WILLIAMS' CLASSROOM - DAY
Mr. Nolan takes his own book over to Cameron's desk and then
slaps the open page.
As Cameron begins to read, Williams looks out at you as he puts
his scarf on. You look at him for a moment and then glance away.
"Understanding Poetry by Dr. J Evans
Pritchard, Ph.D. To fully understand
poetry, we must first be fluent with its
meter, rhyme and figures of speech, then
ask two questions: 1) How artfully has
the objective of the poem been rendered
O Me! O Life!
By Walt Whitman
Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,
Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d,
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me,
Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined,
The question, O me! so sad, recurring — What good amid these, O me, O life?
That you are here — that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.
"... How important is that objective?
Question 1 rates the poem's perfection;
question 2 rates its importance. And
once these questions have been answered,
determining the poem's greatness becomes
a relatively simple matter. If the
poem's score for perfection is plotted
on the horizontal of a graph--"
Williams slowly turns and heads to the door. As he opens
it, you, stand upon your desk and turn to him.
Sit down, Mr. Anderson!
Williams pauses at the door and looks back at you, standing on your desk.
A smile comes to his face.
MR. R. WILLIAMS
Thank you, boys. Thank you.
A smile comes to your face.
Thank you. You saved our lives.
Now leave us be coach — we’ve got shit to do.