Letters To A Young Poet by Rainer Maria RilkeLetters To A Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

Letters To A Young Poet

byRainer Maria Rilke

Paperback | August 24, 2004

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Born in 1875, the great German lyric poet Rainer Maria Rilke published his first collection of poems in 1898 and went on to become renowned for his delicate depiction of the workings of the human heart. Drawn by some sympathetic note in his poems, young people often wrote to Rilke with their problems and hopes. From 1903 to 1908 Rilke wrote a series of remarkable responses to a young, would-be poet on poetry and on surviving as a sensitive observer in a harsh world. Those letters, still a fresh source of inspiration and insight, are accompanied here by a chronicle of Rilke's life that shows what he was experiencing in his own relationship to life and work when he wrote them.
M. D. Herter Norton is a publisher and translator. Together with her husband William Warder Norton, she founded the publishing company W. W. Norton & Company. Her work as translator includes the translation of works by Rainer Marie Rilke.
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Title:Letters To A Young PoetFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 8 × 5.3 × 0.3 inPublished:August 24, 2004Publisher:WW Norton

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ISBN - 10:0393310396

ISBN - 13:9780393310399

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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 4 out of 5 by from Classic I'm not a big fan of writing advice books, but this is one of the better ones, a classic in its field
Date published: 2017-02-07
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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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.