Letters to a Young Poet

Author(s): Rainer Maria Rilke

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Drawn by some sympathetic note in his poems, young people often wrote to Rilke with their problems and hopes. From 1903 to 1908 Rilke wrote a series of remarkable responses to a young would-be poet, on poetry and on surviving as a sensitive observer in a harsh world. Accompanying the letters is a chronicle of Rilke's life showing what he was experiencing in his own relationship to life and work when he wrote these letters.


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Victoria writes: Letters to a Young Poet is an emotionally evocative and extraordinarily rare book - a book complied of ten stunningly elegant and compassionate letters written to an aspiring young artist from the renowned poet Rainer Maria Rilke. These treasured letters, each dealing with a different nuance of art and life and tackle issues of truth, beauty, love and nature, are as much surprisingly prescient today as they were when first committed to paper in 1903. In my first reading I was struck by the influence of Rilke's words - words so pertinent to the nature of my very own creative practice - and later finding myself uncompromisingly seduced by the beauty of his prose which with each consequential read revealing new insights and discoveries. The letters collectively describe the ingenuity and power of art and creative practice, and in doing so become exemplars, tenderly expressed from the prolific poet's hand. And yet, Rilke provides such authority from the position of prosaic honesty and a humbled wisdom, a manner unusually shared among the creative milieu. It is for this reason, I recommend this text to any individual: any aspiring artist, architect, writer, dancer, lover, musician, reader, anyone interested in the production of art, and anyone passionate about life.

General Fields

  • : 9780393310399
  • : W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
  • : W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
  • : 0.112
  • : September 1993
  • : 210mm X 140mm X 8mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Rainer Maria Rilke
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition
  • : English
  • : 831.912
  • : 160
  • : Essays, journals, letters & other prose works; Poetry & poets