So you won’t be mistaken when you realise that this isn’t a song from the movies but this is a good movie and a great poem and both did come together.
Go with me on this one.
Dead Poets Society, as I understand it not everyone’s cup-o-tea and I confess when I saw this on the back of Good Morning Vietnam I wasn’t all that impressed myself. Over time though I have to say I grew to love it, great story, great soundtrack, great poetry.
I also heard though that there was some controversy over the way the poetry was used within the context of the movie. Like the poem below, love it and I thought fitted the mood and moment it was used in.
But No – someone had to come along and start suggesting some of the notable poems in the movie, which this is one of, were way out of context for the situation they were recited in. Described as, and I’m paraphrasing, words meant to inspire but actually about running out of time in life.
Pish Posh is what I say to that. Enjoy the movie and enjoy this poem.
To The Virgins, Make Much Of Time
By Robert Herrick
Gather ye rose-buds while ye may:
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles to-day,
To-morrow will be dying.
The glorious lamp of heaven, the Sun,
The higher he’s a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
And nearer he’s to setting.
That age is best, which is the first,
When youth and blood are warmer;
But being spent, the worse, and worst
Times, still succeed the former.
– Then be not coy, but use your time,
And while ye may, go marry;
For having lost but once your prime,
You may for ever tarry.