In my class, you will learn to think for yourselves
again. You will learn to savor words and languages. No matter what
anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world. I see that look
in Mr Pitts' eyes like 19th century literature has nothing to do with
going to business school or medical school, right? Maybe. You may agree
and think yes, we should study our Mr. Pritcher and learn our rhyme and
meter and go quietly about the business of achieving other ambitions.
Well, I have a secret for you. Huddle Up...Huddle UP!
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. Medicine, law, business
these are all noble pursuits necessary to sustain life.
But poetry, beauty, romance, and love; these are what we stay alive for.
To quote from Whitman "Oh me, Oh life of the question of these recurring.
of the endless trains of the faithless of cities filled with the foolish.
What good amid these? Oh me, Oh life." "Answer...that you are here and
life exists....You are here. Life exists, and identity. The powerful
play goes on and you may contribute a verse." The powerful play goes on
and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?
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