Letters to a Young Poet

Hardcover | March 7, 2000

byRainer Maria RilkeTranslated byJoan M. BurnhamForeword byKent Nerburn

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These have been called the most famous and beloved letters of the 20th century. Rainer Maria Rilke himself said that much of his creative expression went into his correspondence, and here he touches upon subjects that will interest writers, artists, and thinkers. Letters to a Young Poet is a classic that should be read by everyone who dreams of expressing themselves creatively. This luminous translation offers inspiration to all people who seek to know and express their inner truth. This edition features a new foreword by Kent Nerburn, author of Small Graces and Letters to My Son.

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Joan M. Burnham translates Rainer Maria Rilke’s famous classic. This edition of Letters to a Young Poet also supports a forward by Kent Nerburn — author of Small Graces and Letters to My Son. This volume of collected letters by one of the most famous and beloved poets of the last century touches on a wide range of topics that will ...

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These have been called the most famous and beloved letters of the 20th century. Rainer Maria Rilke himself said that much of his creative expression went into his correspondence, and here he touches upon subjects that will interest writers, artists, and thinkers. Letters to a Young Poet is a classic that should be read by everyone who ...

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...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:128 pages, 7.25 × 5 × 0.57 inPublished:March 7, 2000Publisher:New World LibraryLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1577311558

ISBN - 13:9781577311553

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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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Joan M. Burnham translates Rainer Maria Rilke’s famous classic. This edition of Letters to a Young Poet also supports a forward by Kent Nerburn — author of Small Graces and Letters to My Son. This volume of collected letters by one of the most famous and beloved poets of the last century touches on a wide range of topics that will interest writers, poets, artists and philosophers. Rilke originally published these letters because he though much of his creative expression was funneled into his correspondence.