Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

Letters to a Young Poet

byRainer Maria Rilke, Stephen Mitchell, Stephen Mitchell

Kobo ebook | February 16, 2011


The ten letters collected here are arguably the most famous and beloved letters of our century. Written when Rainer Maria Rilke was himself still a young man with most of his greatest work before him, they are addressed to a student who had sent Rilke some of his work, asking for advice about becoming a writer. The two never met, but over a period of several years Rilke wrote him these ten letters, which have been enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of readers for what Stephen Mitchell calls the "vibrant and deeply felt experience of life" that informs them.

Title:Letters to a Young PoetFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 16, 2011Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0307787230

ISBN - 13:9780307787231

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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