Letters to a Young Poet (Dover Thrift Editions) (Paperback)

By Rainer Maria Rilke

Dover Publications, 9780486831855, 80pp.

Publication Date: April 17, 2019

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Paperback (11/6/2008)
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Hardcover (4/3/2018)
Paperback (12/29/2010)
Mass Market (10/12/1986)
Paperback (9/17/1993)
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Description

Born in Prague when it was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire and recognized today as a master of verse, poet Rainer Maria Rilke was considerably less well known in 1902 when he received a heartfelt letter from an aspiring poet. A 19-year-old student sent Rilke some of his verses, seeking an opinion of their worth. Rilke declined to offer a critique, instead encouraging the student to rely upon his own inner judgment: "Nobody can advise and help you, nobody. There is only one single means. Go inside yourself."
This seemingly dismissive letter proved to be the first of ten, written during a six-year period that coincided with an important stage in Rilke's artistic development. The poet offered his young correspondent further advice on developing a rich inner life as well as guidance on broader philosophical and existential issues. These letters, which explore many of the themes that later emerged in Rilke's best works, remain a captivating source of insights into the artistic identity and process.


About the Author

Although his poetry was recognized and admired by leading European artists, Austro-German poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) was virtually unknown during his lifetime. He achieved international acclaim with his last two works, Duino Elegies and Sonnets to Orpheus, and he has come to be recognized as a master of verse.