1. Come on, just when you think you know something, you have to look at it in another way. Even though it may seem silly or wrong, you must try. Now when you read, don't just consider what the author thinks. Consider what you think. Boys, you must strive to find your own voice, because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all. Thoreau said, "Most men lead lives of quiet desperation." Don't be resigned to that. Break out. Don't just walk off the edge like lemmings. Look aroud you. Dare to strike out and find new ground.
2. "Oh, to struggle against great odds, to meet enemies undaunted!"
3. You see, poetry can from anything with the stuff of revelation in it. Just don't let your poems be ordinary. I brought them up here to illustrate the point of conformity. The difficulty in maintaining your own beliefs in the face of others. Now we all have a great need for acceptance. But you must trust that your beliefs are unique, your own. Even though others may think them odd or unpopular. Even though the herd may go, "That's ba-a-a-a-ad." Robert Frost said, "Two roads diverged in the wood and I ... I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference." I want you to find your own walk right now, your own way of striding, pacing any direction. Anything you want, whether it's proud, whether it's silly, anything. Swim against the stream.