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Cartas a um Jovem Poeta

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Dirigidas a Franz Xaver Kappus, um admirador seu, aspirante a poeta, Rilke escrevendo numa simples, elegante e sensível prosa, aborda nestas cartas temas como a poesia, a solidão, a Natureza, o amor e a tristeza, procurando aconselhar o seu interlocutor, que hesitava se deveria ou não seguir uma carreira literária.
Mass Market Paperback, 89 pages
Published 2008 by Edições Quasi (first published 1929)
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Rachel Wells I read somewhere that the original publication included a sonnet Kappus wrote, but I haven't been able to find anything else... he wrote other works,…moreI read somewhere that the original publication included a sonnet Kappus wrote, but I haven't been able to find anything else... he wrote other works, but I don't think any of his letters have been published :/(less)
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s.penkevich
Mar 08, 2013 s.penkevich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who desires to write
Recommended to s.penkevich by: Rakhi Dalal
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 mo
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Seemita
Jan 01, 2016 Seemita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: restless minds seeking a permanent footing.
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;
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Riku Sayuj
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
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Gaurav
Oct 08, 2015 Gaurav rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who is interested in thoughts of Rilke, Anyone interested in knowing how to write with soul
Letters to a Young Poet

Rainer Maria Rilke

'Letters to young poet', written by famed poet Rainer Maria Rilke, starts with a 'imaginary' poet Mr. Kappus seeking 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 r
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Fionnuala

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
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AB
May 31, 2010 AB rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to AB by: Mara Collins
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.
Michelle
May 15, 2008 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 matt ...more
Aubrey
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 and
hope, hope, most of all hope. Your heart you gave,
and for that we love.

I'd like to rhyme in metered line along
the likes of you, but too long ago your
poetry graced my eyes. What lies left's a
feeling fit for tears and joy alone, and
somber light it is.

Your maudlin days do not astonish, for
many a kindred of mine has suffered
the same, and yet, goes on. I draw from each
going
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Evan

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.
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Ashley
Sep 05, 2008 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
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Owlseyes



Notes collected







Rilke, 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 se
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Anthony Vacca
May 27, 2014 Anthony Vacca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
midnightfaerie
Jan 31, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, classics
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 ...more
Rakhi Dalal
Jun 01, 2012 Rakhi Dalal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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 speaks abou
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Lani Barcenas
Sep 05, 2007 Lani Barcenas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who seeks self-understanding and self-awareness
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 ...more
Denis
May 14, 2013 Denis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Denis by: Britannie
Shelves: poetry
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 ...more
Ie
Dec 02, 2012 Ie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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 percen
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Carmo Santos
Jan 08, 2016 Carmo Santos rated it really liked it
Se há livros que falam conosco, este é um deles. É proibido lê-lo depressa. Deve ser apreciado e saboreado lentamente, fazê-lo durar como se de uma iguaria se tratasse. Deviamos lê-lo cedo, quando ainda andamos a arrepiar caminho na procura de um sentido para a vida (não que alguma vez o deixemos de procurar), antes que seja a própria vida a ensinar-nos da pior maneira.
À falta de um poeta que nos escreva melodiosas cartas, fiquemos então com este pequeno livro por perto, façamos de conta que foi
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David
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 ...more
Abailart
Sep 03, 2010 Abailart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a nice 1950 hardback version given to me. I read and liked the goodread reviews. A few of my own favourite extracts:

"...read as few aesthetic-critical things as possible - they are either partisan opinion become hardened and meaningless in their lifeless petrification or else they are a skilful play upon words, in which one view is uppermost today and its opposite tomorrow." (Letter III)

"One must in general be so careful with names; it is so often the name of a misdeed upon which a life i
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Celeste Corrêa
Dec 10, 2015 Celeste Corrêa rated it really liked it
CARTAS A UM JOVEM POETA (1903-1908) de Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926)

Uma resenha em quatro excertos:

"A obra de arte é de uma solidão sem fim, e nada está mais longe de tocá-la do que a crítica. Só o amor poderá compreender e sustentar e fazer justiça a uma obra de arte”

"O futuro é um eixo fixo, caro Senhor Kappus, mas nós deslocamo-nos no espaço infinito."

"Se o mundo tem sustos, são os nossos sustos, se tem abismos, são abismos que nos pertencem, se tem perigos, temos de tentar amá-los."

"E, de r
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Mohammad Ali

این کتاب سه بخش دارد: بخش نخست ترجمه ای است ناکامل از نامه های ریلکه به آقای کاپوس ( مثلا نامه ی دو و پنج نیست و ظاهرا نامه ی سه از اول ترجمه نشده )؛ بخش دوم یکی از داستان های مجموعه ی "قصه های خدای مهربان" است؛ و سرانجام بخش سوم ترجمه ی چند شعر از ریلکه است. بقیه ی داستان های مربوط به داستان بخش دوم را می توان در کتاب زیر پی گرفت

قصه هایی برای تاریکی by راینر ماریا ریلکه

ترجمه ی نامه ها و داستان روان است و خواندنی - از نظر مطابق بودن نظری ندارم چون تطبیق ندادم. ترجمه ی اشعار سطحش پایین تر است به نظرم

مضامین این کتاب اینها هستند: اهمیت ت
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Rebecca
Sep 19, 2008 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of poetry and language
Shelves: classics, nonfiction
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 ...more
Miguel
Aug 14, 2015 Miguel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
«Pois as tristezas são momentos em que qualquer coisa nova e desconhecida entra dentro de nós; as nossas emoções emudecem, perturbadas e tímidas, tudo em nós se recolhe, instaura-se o silêncio, e o novo, que ninguém conhece, desloca-se para o seu centro e cala-se.»

A prosa de Rainer Maria Rilke é eloquente, formosa e muito sensível. Sondando temas como a solidão, o amor, a Natureza e a tristeza, os conselhos brotam como a expressão velada de um homem modesto e prudente. Uma relíquia.
Cheryl
Jun 03, 2013 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cheryl by: Fionnuala
“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.
kate
i'm reading this right now and right now the world around me is over 400 advertisements a day plastered everywhere, hurtful, piercing and shrill. It is needless cacophony over coffee, people stabbing at conversation- attacking it like chickens with meal.

It seems no one wants to use words with any grace, in order to express a thought worth wrapping my mind around. The day can progress as an onslaught of mental litter, leaving an echo in the head that sounds like the scrape of an aluminium can kic
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Angie
Sep 11, 2009 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are some books for which reviews are pointless. These books, instead of the reader selecting them from the shelf and listening to them as they unfold along their merry or unmerry way as they have before and always will, select the reader, at the right time, in the right place, like an old or a new friend who shows up just as the reader is on the verge of losing all hope and faith, pinned underneath the great questions of our times and battling their own monsters which threaten to swallow t ...more
Ana
Sep 23, 2014 Ana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Há livros que nos tocam a alma e nos enchem o coração.
Espero ansiosamente encontrar um poeta na minha vida, que me escreva cartas tão belas!


"Basta... sentir que se poderia viver sem escrever para não mais se ter o direito de fazê-lo."

"Uma única coisa é necessária: a solidão. A grande solidão interior. Ir dentro de si e não encontrar ninguém durante horas, é a isso que é preciso chegar."
Victor Hugo
Jan 08, 2016 Victor Hugo rated it it was amazing
Um livro que se lê num fôlego. Lê-se num fôlego para no final ficar-se a saborear aquele travo delicioso de um livro que enche a alma. Estava muito expectante, à espera de um livro que me dissesse algo sobre escrever, e algo sobre poesia, e algo sobre literatura... enfim, tem um pouco destes tópicos e muito mais, sendo o muito mais o que me fascinou, já que não estava à espera. Quando me diziam que devia ler o «Cartas a um jovem poeta», estava a tomar a sugestão com a dica "é sobre poetas e poes ...more
Abeer
Oh My God, this is my favorite non fiction of all times. my second favorite book of all times (after Salinger's Franny and Zooey) How oh HOW did I forget to mark it as read???????
this book was my teenage bible. it spoke of hope, the merits of solitude yet not neglecting the consequential pains of it, it was beautifully written and immensely human and the best account of personal feelings and a human life I had ever seen. I have never connected with a single person as much as I have connected wit
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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 mos
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“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.” 9665 likes
“Therefore, dear Sir, love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you. For those who are near you are far away... and this shows that the space around you is beginning to grow vast.... be happy about your growth, in which of course you can't take anyone with you, and be gentle with those who stay behind; be confident and calm in front of them and don't torment them with your doubts and don't frighten them with your faith or joy, which they wouldn't be able to comprehend. Seek out some simple and true feeling of what you have in common with them, which doesn't necessarily have to alter when you yourself change again and again; when you see them, love life in a form that is not your own and be indulgent toward those who are growing old, who are afraid of the aloneness that you trust.... and don't expect any understanding; but believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.” 1903 likes
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