Letters to a Young Poet
In 1902, a nineteen-year-old aspiring poet named Franz Kappus wrote to Rilke, then twenty-six, seeking advice on his poetry. Kappus, a student at a military academy in Vienna similar to the one Rilke had attended, was about to embark on a career as an officer, for which he had little inclination. Touched by the innocence and forthrightness of the student, Rilke responded t...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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
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. ...more
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 ...more
This is a collection of Rilke's letters/life lessons to a very young poet who worked up the courage to send him a few samples. The letters are profoundly wise, sincere and loving.
If you are a young poet, you should find a nice couch on which to swoon while reading them.
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 ...more
"There is only one thing you should do. Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write. This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write? Dig into yourself ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 see ...more
"...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 ...more
À falta de um poeta que nos escreva melodiosas cartas, fiquemos então com este pequeno livro por perto, façamos de conta que foi ...more
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."
These letters, seemingly written over a considerable stretch of time, were addressed to Frankz Kappus, then a student. In his young, dreamy lif ...more
This book is a collection of letters that the poet Rainer Maria Rilke wrote to a young man, between 1903 and 1908, who had asked Rilke for advice on how to become a good poet. Not having read any of Rilke's poetry before, I'm not really in a fit position to pass judgment on how worthy Rilke was of the young man's admiration and trust, but b ...more
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 ...more
It feels quite trite to say this slim collection is inspirational.
But there you go.
Ne nuk kemi asnje shkak te kemi nje mosbesim ndaj botes tone, sepse ajo nuk eshte kunder nesh. Nese ajo ka tmerre, atehere ato jane tmerret tona, nese ka gremina, atehere ato na perkasin neve, nese ka rreziqe aty, atehere ne duhet te mundohemi t'i duam ata. Dhe po qe se ne e rregullojme jeten tone sipas ketij parimi, qe gjithmone te mbahemi per te veshtires, atehere do te behet ajo, cka na duket tashti me e cuditshmja, me e besueshmja. Si mund t'i harronim ne ato mitet e vjeter, te cilet ne fill ...more
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 ...more