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Letters to a Young Poet

Letters to a Young Poet

By: Rainer Maria Rilke

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Born in Prague when it was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire and recognized today as a master of verse, poet Rainer Maria Rilke was considerably less well known in 1902 when he received a heartfelt letter from an aspiring poet. A 19-year-old student sent Rilke some of his verses, seeking an opinion of their worth. Rilke declined to offer a critique, instead encouraging the student to rely upon his own inner judgment: "Nobody can advise and help you, nobody. There is only one single means. Go inside yourself."
This seemingly dismissive letter proved to be the first of ten, written during a six-year period that coincided with an important stage in Rilke's artistic development. The poet offered his young correspondent further advice on developing a rich inner life as well as guidance on broader philosophical and existential issues. These letters, which explore many of the themes that later emerged in Rilke's best works, remain a captivating source of insights into the artistic identity and process.

Reprint of the Sidgwick and Jackson, London, 1945 edition.
AvailabilityUsually ships in 24 to 48 hours
ISBN 10048683185X
ISBN 139780486831855
Author/EditorRainer Maria Rilke
Page Count80
Dimensions5 x 8

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