Letters To A Young Poet

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Letters To A Young Poet

by Rainer Maria Rilke

WW Norton | August 23, 2004 | Trade Paperback

Letters To A Young Poet is rated 3 out of 5 by 2.
Letters written over a period of several years on the vocation of writing by a poet whose greatest work was still to come.

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

Found in: Letters

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Generic Letters to any Young, Aspiring Writer I have of course, heard of Rilke, but I have never read any of his books. Oddly, disappointed as I was by this book, it makes me curious to see what supposedly made him a writer of note. There was nothing wrong with the book, but it wasn't very inspiring for me; it was a little trite. The young man's letters and his poetry are not included in the book (it is ridiculously thin), only Rilke's letters, so you don't know how Rilke came to his opinions of the poet. He was quite honest, though, which surprised me. He said he didn't see anything unique or special about the young writer's work, yet. Rilke told the man he had to 'really believe in something passionately' to be a great writer, which is one of the many stock platitudes sprinkled throughout the book- or should I say manual? I've found cable set-up instructions that were weightier tomes than this anorexic volume.
Date published: 2008-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful With the advancement of internet and emails, it is so easy to get in touch with our friends or even strangers in a heartbeat. Reflecting on the Letters to a young poet, I am amazed at the power of ten thoughtful and sincere letters (and handwritten at the time!!) in inspiring and transforming life and core of aspiring artists. This is a must to all who wish to be more spiritual and heart-felt in their creative work. Actually, for anyone who share the feeling of a deep something which dwells inside our hearts. This book is no simple work of inspiration, but a piece of art from a mind of wisdom and experience.
Date published: 2008-06-15

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Letters To A Young Poet

by Rainer Maria Rilke

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.
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