Tuesday, June 15, 2010

(Book #21) Rainer Maria Rilke - Letters to a Young Poet

In an effort to catch up… a really quick read:

Letters to a Young Poet, by Rainer Maria Rilke is a small collection of ten letters from a well established writer and poet, Rilke, to another young, eager and struggling writer at the beginning of his career in the craft. Over the course of these letters, we get a brief but rich glimpse into the mind of an artist whom has experienced and grappled with many of life's challenges. As we never actually read any of the titular young poet's letters to Rilke, the passages are a little one-sided at first, with each opening with responses to specifics of a previous letter. Beyond this, though, the meat of the letters are attempts at bestowing a bit of knowledge about life, love, religion, sexuality, death and every emotion in between. So, while it was a fast read, it proved to be an enlightening one that provided a view of humanity that any reader could take a bit of inspiration from.

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