Letters to a Young Poet

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  • Title: Letters to a Young Poet
  • Author: Rainer Maria Rilke Joan M. Burnham Kent Nerburn
  • ISBN: 9781567315202
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Hardcover
Letters to a Young Poet

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Letters to a Young Poet

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  • Rainer Maria Rilke Joan M. Burnham Kent Nerburn

    Rainer Maria Rilke is considered one of the German language s greatest 20th century poets His haunting images tend to focus on the difficulty of communion with the ineffable in an age of disbelief, solitude, and profound anxiety themes that tend to position him as a transitional figure between the traditional and the modernist poets.He wrote in both verse and a highly lyrical prose His two most famous verse sequences are the Sonnets to Orpheus and the Duino Elegies his two most famous prose works are the Letters to a Young Poet and the semi autobiographical The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge He also wrote than 400 poems in French, dedicated to his homeland of choice, the canton of Valais in Switzerland.



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  • 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, contains some of the most passionate [...]


  • 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 school [...]


  • 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 first le [...]


  • The last book for the year The soothing, gentle, unimposing yet wise voice of Rilke what better way to fold up one chapter in life and open another, with hope for 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 convey a few truth [...]


  • 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 sto [...]


  • 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 there [...]


  • 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.


  • 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 that [...]


  • 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 for [...]


  • 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 particularly thi [...]



  • 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 other [...]


  • 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 Rilke k [...]


  • There is something very pious about the experience you have while reading this book No, I am certainly not a theist Not any 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 speaks about has alrea [...]


  • 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 read [...]


  • 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 friend, the aspi [...]


  • We should be exchanging 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 rivers [...]


  • This book divides me, unequally So there s this younger me college sopho, 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 percent max T [...]


  • 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 for an [...]


  • 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 own vi [...]


  • 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 sadness rise [...]


  • 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 spirit [...]


  • 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 book [...]


  • 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.


  • 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 pi strettamente letterari, della pascoliana [...]


  • 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.


  • 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 you d [...]


  • 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 unfortunately [...]


  • 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 of hu [...]


  • 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 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 difficult, the better To hell with Occam and his ra [...]


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