Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

Letters to a Young Poet

byRainer Maria Rilke, Charlie Louth

Kobo ebook | April 7, 2011

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Originally written to a young man considering a career in the German military, Rainer Maria Rilke's beautiful letters explore a huge range of subjects delicately and with a passionate sensitivity. The recipient, Franz Kappus, began to send his poetry to the 27-year-old Rilke when a student, seeking advice. Their correspondence lasted from 1902 to 1908, and Kappus collated and published the ten letters after Rilke's death. The letters contain insights which are as profound today as when they were written, touching on sexuality, love, creativity and other aspects of the human condition. The book is perenially and hugely influential in the US, where it enjoys the accolade of being Lady Gaga's favourite book.

Title:Letters to a Young PoetFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:April 7, 2011Publisher:Penguin Books LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0141960477

ISBN - 13:9780141960470

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from short,but good! I read this book in probably 45 minutes but nonetheless it still was well written and sophisticated. Despite other reviews, I kind of liked that the young poet's letters were left out. I made it easier for me to apply Rilke's letters and advice to my own life. Very insightful.
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A short but satisfying read. An aboslute gem. Beautifully written. A great choice for the mature reader. If you are someone who likes to invest time in reading something that is well written, sophisticated and to the point - look no further. This book is extremely satisfying. It is not very long. Every letter leaves you wanting more. Worth every penny.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from lovely the mitchell translation is just stunning
Date published: 2017-02-17
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