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Letters to a Young Poet

Letters to a Young Poet Born in the great German lyric poet Rainer Maria Rilke published his first collection of poems in and went on to become renowned for his delicate depiction of the workings of the human hear

  • Title: Letters to a Young Poet
  • Author: Rainer Maria Rilke Mary Dows Herter Norton
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 167
  • Format: Paperback
  • Born in 1875, the great German lyric poet Rainer Maria Rilke published his first collection of poems in 1898 and went on to become renowned for his delicate depiction of the workings of the human heart 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 responsesBorn in 1875, the great German lyric poet Rainer Maria Rilke published his first collection of poems in 1898 and went on to become renowned for his delicate depiction of the workings of the human heart 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 Those letters, still a fresh source of inspiration and insight, are accompanied here by a chronicle of Rilke s life that shows what he was experiencing in his own relationship to life and work when he wrote them.

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    1. ‘Go into yourself and see how deep the place is from which your life flows.’Rainer Maria Rilke puts forth the question ‘must I write?’ in these letters from the great poet to the unknown Mr. Kappus. ‘Dig into yourself for a deep answer,’ he tells the young poet, ‘and if this answer rights out in assent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple “I must”, then build your life in accordance with this necessity.’ Letters To A Young Poet, written between 1903-08, con [...]

    2. Rilke (1875-1926) was a famous German poet, born in Prague. He traveled widely throughout Europe, married and had a daughter. A dozen years out of school, after Rilke had achieved some fame as a poet, a young man wrote to him asking for advice about life and poetry. Rilke wrote ten letters to him over five years. The young boy was romantic, frail and dreamy; a prisoner, so to speak, in a military boarding school where he was subject to strict discipline, bullying and humiliation. It was the same [...]

    3. Letters to a Young PoetRainer Maria Rilke'Letters to young poet', written by famed poet Rainer Maria Rilke, starts with a'imaginary'poetMr. Kappusseeking affirmation, from the great German poet, whether he should write ? The book continues with a series of letters which are generous answers, to the letters by'Young Worker', by Rilke, who was only 28 then, at length, and in great detail about what constitutes creativity and poetry, and how to channel the former into the latter. When you read firs [...]

    4. The last book for the year. The soothing, gentle, unimposing yet wise voice of Rilke - what better way to fold up one more chapter in life and open another, with hope for more suffering and joys in apt measure. This little book has been my companion for four years now, always half-finished, and it feels strange to finally remove the bookmark and to keep it aside.Read it with a forgiving bend. Keep in mind that Rilke never wrote them with an intention to publish, it was mostly an attempt to conve [...]

    5. Dear Mr. Rilke,Assuming it to be a frequent phenomenon with you, I partake in pleasure and liberty of appointing you the receiver of yet another letter, from a besotted admirer of your wisdom and expression.You see I have always felt that the best stories are those that we wish turned true; stories that uplift us with their depths and spring us back to the surface to stay afloat; stories that carry our thoughts in their seams and weave the most warm blankets to protect us in the winters of life; [...]

    6. Dear Mr Rilke, How can I thank you enough for these marvelously heartfelt letters, full of inspiration, beauty and wisdom. They are a glorious gift, a gospel of wonderful words which I will follow all the days of my life.Dear Reader,If there is one thing I would say to you, it is to caution you against immoderation, against lavish and excessive language. When you write, try to say what you really feel and using the simplest language you know. Listen to the silence deep in your heart and begin th [...]

    7. In which Rainer Maria Rilke, both mercilessly and mercifully, bashes me over the head with a baseball bat from the other side of the Great Whatever.

    8. I always underline in books, either for the wise quotes that teach or the pure beauty of the passage. About ten pages into this book, though, I gave up underlining as nearly every sentence was a combination of beauty and wisdom. These letters (to a young man he never even met!) are inspiring in their honesty, teaching to cherish your solitude, "to walk inside yourself and meet no one for hours to be solitary as you were when you were a child, when the grownups walked around involved with matters [...]

    9. Twelve years on and it will have been a ten by ten span of time since you left, Rilke.Left on high, left to below both word andhope, hope, most of all hope. Your heart you gave,and for that we love.I'd like to rhyme in metered line alongthe likes of you, but too long ago yourpoetry graced my eyes. What lies left's a feeling fit for tears and joy alone, andsomber light it is.Your maudlin days do not astonish, formany a kindred of mine has sufferedthe same, and yet, goes on. I draw from eachgoing [...]

    10. A Treasure Chest for Artists and Lovers of ArtI don't normally read a lot of poetry, but when considering this book a few years back, I'd read some of Rilke's poetry and the high praise I mention below. When I read this short book (80 pages) though, I had no idea what a true chest of treasures lies herein. I highlighted so much text and made so many notes, I noticed I left little text unscathed.This book consists of ten letters written by Rainer Maria Rilke to a younger poet. It, and particularl [...]

    11. Notes collectedRilke, the lonely German-language poet, but not really a German, rather an exile for 10 years,possessor of nothing, but his language, shows a young man how a "masterpiece of art" can be accomplished and last for long.Paris 1903.It appears that Rilke had been approached by a poet asking for a critical view of his output. Yet, Rilke's standing was not critical, at all; he rather preferred a hearty (almost paternal) reply.So he advised the young poet to look inside instead of seeking [...]

    12. Sigh. Rilke answers nothing and answers everything.He talks of our ancestors as being "murmuring blood." This book, containing the voice of his wisdom across the age, is blood that courses through us and speaks.It offers comfort to me in the face of life's challenges, its unrequited longings. It helps me see the value of difficulties and the importance of patience.I wish I'd read this many years ago. I think it would have given me guidance I needed, even if it didn't lead me away from mistakes. [...]

    13. There is something very pious about the experience you have while reading this book. No, I am certainly not a theist. Not anymore. But if ever there were a Pantheon built for the bibliophiles, Rainer Maria Rilke’s “Letter To a Young Poet” shall invariably have a place in it. Though this is just an account of Letters written by him to an aspiring poet, Rainer speaks to you in a language, which seems to be coming back to you, like a cherished memory once been forgotten. The Solitude he speak [...]

    14. I guess this little book is the original and "the real thing" equivalent of Coelho's pseudophilosophical, pseudoinspirational manuals. Rilke sent these letters to Franz Xaver Kappus, in 1903-08 at the age of 28-33, who sought the famous poet's advice at a time when he was tormented by his loneliness and lack of confidence in his own works. One doesn't need to be an aspiring poet in order to draw inspiration from Rilke's wisdom which covers subjects of general importance. It's a book meant to be [...]

    15. "Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves… do not seek the answers which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them and the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer."I feel like this book has become a token gift for graduates, along with "Oh, the Places You'll Go!". But with good reason. Rilke's advice to his frie [...]

    16. We should be exchanging more letters with one another. Not the kind you mail or type in a neat little MS Office font.But ink stained, yellowing at the corners, hidden in dictionaries till there creases start to tear and the memory of other's handwriting bridge the meaning between words left unsaid and others that have faded. Those written with red, green, blue, black inks and sometimes with words scratched , over written almost like lithograph of thoughts.Yeah, we should be dipping our hands in [...]

    17. This book divides me, unequally. So there's this younger me—college sophomore, terribly confused, desperate, and unconsolably depressed, who recites You Who Never Arrived during long, vespertine walks, and who sees poetry as a way to emancipate the soul: yes, that type—who sees Letters To A Young Poet as something immaculate, who might as well put the hundred-page paperback in a glass case, on top of a pedestal, and worship it every morning. He is the smaller half, perhaps fifteen, twenty pe [...]

    18. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke was an excellent read and definitely one to put on my classics list. A short book that contains a collection of letters to a young poet, Rainer writes advice on anything from passion to love to life. The way he writes is exceptional, bringing an unusual beauty to his advice and a simplicity to his outlook on life. As you read it, you can't help but think, why this is obvious! Why didn't I think of it in this way before? An excellent read and a must f [...]

    19. Letters to a Young Poet is a one-sided epistolary conversation between the already prolific Rainer Maria Rilke and a young military cadet/poet-hopeful, Franz Xaver Kappus (hell of a name, that). These ten letters from Rilke are a must-read for any hopeless heart who wants to be an artist--any kind of artist. The content of these letters isn't so much a how-to on writing poetry as much as a how-to keep your artistic spirits up. Rilke expounds vividly on the importance of solitude, faith in one's [...]

    20. I was first acquainted with this book through an excerpt I heard in the tape of Beauty and the Beast, Love and Hope. It goes: "How should we be able to forget those ancient myths, those myths about dragons that at thelast moment turn into princesses. Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses,who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave. Perhaps everything terrble is, in its deepest being, something helpless that wants help from us. So you must not be frightened when a sadnes [...]

    21. I started reading this book with the expectation that I would work my way through it quickly, but I ended up being driven through each letter by a hunger that had me finishing the whole thing in an hour. Among the many effects it had on me, I was left feeling humbled by the depth of what Rilke was able to express. He went far beyond simply addressing the concerns of how to be a true artist (though his insights in that respect were priceless), and he touched various inarticulate threads of my spi [...]

    22. This is a charming little book, as fluid and emotive as Rilke's own poetry. Honest in its advice, and how it is unafraid to take on the darker realms of emotion and embrace the fate of the world.Being a writer or a poet is a task of intense devotion, and Rilke gives it proper reverence. Rilke's focus is on the benefits of solitude and meditation, but also the steady work involved in this task, and how the writer must keep working so as to refine their craft.This is a (dare I say?) very spiritual [...]

    23. This is my last read book until my semester ends. And what a lovely read it was although I do not agree to this fully because I need to see this happening what is wriiten in this book and that needs time. I dedicate this book to people who want peace.

    24. " Essere artisti "Le lettere contenute nell'agile volumetto, spedito da Rilke essenzialmente negli anni 1903-04 in risposta a sollecitazioni di un giovane poeta, ci offrono un pregevole contributo per comprendere il pensiero dell'Autore su letteratura e ruolo dell'artista.Rilke scrive in un periodo che ha ormai messo in irreversibile crisi il Positivismo e che elabora la concezione dell'arte come intuizione. E' l'epoca di Benedetto Croce e, in termini ancor più strettamente letterari, della pa [...]

    25. “Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage.”It feels quite trite to say this slim collection is inspirational.But there you go.It is.

    26. I loved reading this part in his letters:So you mustn’t be frightened, dear Mr. Kappus, if a sadness rises in front of you, larger than any you have ever seen; if an anxiety, like light and cloud-shadows, moves over your hands and over everything you do. You must realize that something is happening to you, that life has not forgotten you, that it holds you in its hand and will not let you fall. Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any misery, any depression, since after all [...]

    27. Good advice is so hard to take. Why do we even ask advice? Certainly inside ourselves we have thoroughly gone over our options, have dissected the possibilities. Inside our active minds is an infinite simulacrum of the future, testing our fortunes, planning every move. When we ask advice, we really only look for confirmation in our choice, to ask for advice is to ask for validation, to ask for the invitation to do what we were already going to do. In Rilke's letters to a young poet (the unfortun [...]

    28. There are works that surface time and time again in cultural circles: film, literature, music, etc. One of these is Rainer Maria Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet. The young poet, Franz Xaver Kappus, is unremarkable in this set of letters as we never see the poems he sent to Rilke, nor do we see his end of the correspondence. Yet, what Kappus realizes, and so too the reader, is that his offerings are absolutely unnecessary because we see them through Rilke's eyes. Rilke readily assumes the mantle [...]

    29. Rilke writes to young Franz Xaver Kappus about being a poet. Well, about life, then, as only the first letter gets into writing poetry to any extent. The rest is more about life, especially internal life, most notably solitude and nature.If the world is divided between people who write for others ($ales$) and people who write for themselves), we can make Rilke the grand marshal for the write-for-yourself parade. Inner feelings are the source, you see. The more difficult, the better. To hell with [...]

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