it is with great sadness i write today about a man who has affected me in a lot of ways but especially who portrayed an unforgettable professor — john keating — and taught me everything i know about american literature and why i chose to study it. thank you robin for all those great characters you have brought to life and who will matter for ever.
o captain! my captain! rise up and hear the bells;
rise up — for you the flag is flung — for you the bugle trills,
for you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths - for you the shores a-crowding,
for you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
here captain! dear father!
the arm beneath your head!
it is some dream that on the deck,
you’ve fallen cold and dead…
robin williams has said that what attracted him the most to the role of professor john keating was that he was the kind of teacher he has always wished having in high school… don’t we all… rest in peace.