Dead Poets Society中的人生歌賦

Dead Poets Society

Robin Williams離世的消息傳出的那個早上,Facebook上的朋友們,都紛紛不約而同地分享了這一張充滿象徵意味的照片。

這是電影Dead Poets Society裡面的一幕,在班房內,好幾位學生正在無聲控訴,仿效著他們那位由老師Robin Williams飾演的老師,齊齊站到桌子上,為的,就是要找另一個角度去看這個世界。

Robin Williams的經典遺作無數,但對於我等八十年代正值青春期的一代來說,要數最具影響力的一齣電影,必然是Dead Poets Society無疑。

事有湊巧,今年的較早前,Apple推出的一系列iPad Air影片廣告中,主打的那一支主題廣告,就是用了Dead Poets Society電影中Robin Williams的一段經典獨白,來為系列廣告畫龍點睛。

廣告片中,充分利用了廣告的浪漫化本質,賣的明明科技產品,卻用上詩人對文學的比喻,含蓄地告訴我們,iPad只是一件死物,但你的無邊想像、你的敢於冒險、你的澎湃創意、你的夢想世界,才是把你帶到意想不到的領域的橋樑。

要到你去接上下一句了,屬於你的人生歌賦,題材又會是什麼?

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?

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