Dead Poets Society This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

   I knew a boy who was

encouraged to think by one,

discouraged by another.

He chose the first path, choosing

Theater, not science;

Leader, not follower;

Wanting to shape his own destiny,

unwilling to have it shaped by another.

His English teacher asked him to think

wanting him to discover life's beauty


dreams of glory

of being unique.

His father tried to force him into the mold of

the perfect son:

never complaining,

never questioning.

The boy found his dream

for but a single evening ,

Tried to make a father blind to dreams

see his need.

Despairing, he shot himself

leaving an infuriated bureaucracy

wailing parents

mourning teacher and friends.

The bureaucracy needed a scapegoat for the tragedy

and found one in the gentle teacher.

The teacher was fired, but before leaving

he was saluted by his

loyal students

who called him Captain,

even by one who had been


before his friend's death.

"Dead Poets" made me do many things:




shout out against injustice

add another poem to the world.

Will you, too, join the

"Dead Poets Society"?

Even the good introduction-writing doctor

would think highly of it;

It has a purpose

It has import

But it is so much more than that.

Like a poem, the total is greater than the sum of

its parts.

You can only



think for yourself.

Will you, too, join the

"Dead Poets Society"?

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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Lily">This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Jan. 10 at 6:34 pm
i love this so much!
nightlightwriter said...
Jan. 14, 2015 at 2:53 pm
I just got done watching that movie and I had a total melt down. Thank you thank you thank you!
Zaniarah said...
Jul. 25, 2011 at 3:28 pm
 I love the movie and I think this review is beautiful...well done!
flying_deskset said...
Nov. 16, 2009 at 10:50 pm
I love this. :)
<3Kitty said...
Apr. 16, 2009 at 7:34 pm
I LOVE this movie... And you did a GREAT job with the review!!!!
Ez22 said...
Dec. 8, 2008 at 9:04 pm
I think that who ever wrote was Awesome!! i love it and if there were a Dead Poets Society..i would totally join it..!!!
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