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Smart Society

Drama film “Dead Poets Society” directed by ‘Peter Weir’ in (1989) and starring ‘Robin Williams’. Set at the conservative and aristocratic ‘Welton Academy’ in ‘Vermont’ in (1959) it tells the story of an ‘English’ teacher who inspires his students through his teaching of poetry.

The film was critically acclaimed and was nominated for many awards. The critical reaction to this film has been favorable. ‘The Washington Post’ reviewer called it “solid, smart entertainment”, and praised ‘Robin Williams’ for giving a “nicely restrained acting performance”. ‘The New York Times’ also praised ‘Williams’ “exceptionally fine performance”, while noting that “Dead Poets Society… is far less about Keating than about a handful of impressionable boys”.

“Dead Poets Society” won the ‘Academy Award’ for ‘Best Original Screenplay’ (Tom Schulman). ‘Peter Weir’ received a nomination for Best Director and the film itself was nominated for ‘Best Picture’ of (1989). ‘Robin Williams’ received his second ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’ nomination and it has since been widely recognized as one of the actor/comedian best roles.

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Amherst Poems

‘Emily Elizabeth Dickinson’ was a prolific private poet, born in (1830) ‘Amherst’, ‘Massachusetts’, to a successful family with strong community ties, she lived a mostly introverted and reclusive life.

Not only familiar with the ‘Bible’ but also with contemporary popular literature, many of her poems deal with themes of death and immortality, her first collection of poetry was published in (1890) and ‘William Shakespeare’ was also a potent influence in her life.

‘Dickinson’ poems are unique for the era in which she wrote; they contain short lines, typically lack titles, and often use slant rhyme as well as unconventional capitalization and punctuation.

She is now almost universally considered to be one of the most important ‘American’ poets.