Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 128 pages, 8.05 × 5.4 × 0.3 in
Published: August 23, 2004
Publisher: WW Norton
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0393310396
ISBN - 13: 9780393310399
From the Publisher
Letters written over a period of several years on the vocation of writing by a poet whose greatest work was still to come.
About the Author
More than any other modern German writer, Rainer Maria Rilke seems to match our romantic idea of what a poet should be, though, as with many writers, separating artistry from affectation is often difficult. Restless, sensitive, reverent, yet egotistical, Rilke often seems to hover in his poems like a sort of ethereal being. He was born in 1875 to a wealthy family in Prague. After a few years devoted to the study of art and literature, he spent most of his adult life wandering among the European capitals and devoting himself single-mindedly to poetry. His early poems reflect his interest in the visual and plastic arts, as he tries to lose himself in contemplation of objects such as an antique torso of Apollo.His later books of poetry, such as Duino Elegies (1923) and Sonnets to Orpheus (1923), on the contrary, focus intently on internal realms. The poetry of Rilke is noted, above all, for metaphysical and psychological nuances.
From Our Editors
There are few poets who wrote about love more beautifully than the great German poet Rainer Maria Rilke. His sensitive, romantic, modern, perceptive and beautifully cadenced poetry - free from the limiting constraints of rhyme - are testaments to the power of the written word. Letters to a Young Poet is a moving series of 10 letters Rilke wrote between 1903 and 1908 to a young would-be-poet. He writes of surviving as a poet and sensitive observer in the harsh, modern world, and offers incredible insight into his craft. An outline of his life and work accompanies what was occurring in his life when he wrote these letters.