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Letters to a Young Poet

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At the start of the twentieth century, Rainer Maria Rilke wrote a series of letters to a young officer cadet, advising him on writing, love, sex, ... Show synopsis

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  • Letters to a Young Poet (W. W. Norton & Company) – Trade paperback (1993)
    by Rainer Maria Rilke, M D Herter Norton (Translator)

    Letters to a Young Poet

    Trade paperback, W. W. Norton & Company
    1993
    English
    Revised ed.
    123 pages

    ISBN: 0393310396
    ISBN-13: 9780393310399

    Drawn by some sympathetic note in one of 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. An accompanying chronicle of Rilke's life shows what he was experiencing in his own relationship to life and work when he wrote these letters.

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Reviews of Letters to a Young Poet

Overall customer rating: 4.834
mgirarde

A good read, a good inspiration

by mgirarde on Mar 3, 2008

This book is really inspirational! As an artist, it really helped me see things in myself I never knew were there, and to connect more with my subconcious. If you enjoy this book, also engage yourself in another quick, but wonderful read, "Letters to a Young Artist." It's more current, and set up in ... More

GailChiarello

Robert Duncan Praised This Book

by GailChiarello on Aug 16, 2007

Robert Duncan, the San Francisco poet, praised Rilke to the skies in his graduate seminar Advanced Poetry workshop (English 204) at San Francisco State in the spring of 1965. Following Robert's lead, this book became my daily companion the entire spring. I was working in the UC Berkeley library and ... More

simitatores

Solace in solitude

by simitatores on Jul 26, 2007

This book pulled me through during my spells of depression. Rilke speaks with utmost warmth and sincerity that is so much akin to a friend. Here are some excerpts from the book. "Things aren't so tangible and sayable as people would usually have us believe; most experiences are unsayable, they happen ... More

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