Mr. Keating's students recite their poems in front of the class. Mr. Keating brings one of his students out of his comfort zone by making him yawp. He then teaches the student to think outside the box by pushing him to exercise his creativity. The student ends up verbally delivering a beautiful poem with deep meaning.
Mr. Keating makes his students leave the classroom and brings them to the wall with photos of former students. He points out how similar they are to the students in the photos to stress that life is short. Mr. Keating inspires his students to "seize the day" and make their lives extraordinary.
Mr. Keating emphasizes the real-world applicability of words, language, and poetry. He encourages his students to contemplate their life's purpose. The human race is full of passion- poetry, beauty, romance and life: the things people stay alive for. "The powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?"