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Open Preview See a Moven Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Franz Xaver Kappus Introduction. Ina student at a military academy sent some of his verses to a jovej Austrian poet, requesting an assessment of their value.

The older artist, Rainer Maria Rilke —replied to the novice in this series of letters — an amazing archive of remarkable insights into the ideas behind Rilke’s greatest poetry. The ten letters reproduced here were rilje duri Ina student at a military academy sent some of his verses to a well-known Austrian poet, requesting an assessment of their value.

The ten letters reproduced here were written during an important stage in Rilke’s artistic development, and they contain many of the themes that later appeared in his best works. The poet himself afterwards stated that his letters contained part of his creative genius, making this volume essential reading for scholars, poetry lovers, and anyone with an interest in Rilke, German poetry, or the creative impulse.

Paperback80 pages. Published May 8th by Dover Publications first published To see what carts friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Letters to a Young Poetplease sign up. Rachel Wells I read somewhere that the original publication included a sonnet Kappus wrote, but I haven’t been able to find anything else See all 3 questions about Q to a Young Poet….

Lists with This Book. Aug 25, s. Anyone who desires to write. With powerful tainer that often reaches the same sublime peaks found in his poetry, these magnanimous, heart-felt letters are some the most empowering words of wisdom into undertaking of the arts as well as an impressive portrait of Rilke himself. It is difficult to accurately explain the powers of transcendence contained in these letters.

While, as Rilke point out, the ethereal joys brought about in me while reading this are ineffable, I would still like to take a few moments of your time to q how beautiful these letters are. It is a sort of minor-key beauty, spending much time navigating through the implications of solitude and painful soul-searching, yet it elevates the heart to such high levels and is sure to make anyone reach for a pen in order to try their own mada at poetry.

Constantly he tries to impress upon the young poet that the road to caryas is a difficult, lonely path, and that any meandering towards what is easy is destined to lead to failure or mediocrity. Hemingway, Celine, Dostoevsky, Hamsun. If you think they didn’t go crazy in tiny rooms just like you’re doing now without women without food without hope then you’re not ready.

While it may seem a frightening truth, that we must always take the hard road, and that we must seek solitude in ourselves to mine the gold buried within us, that we may reach a point of near-madness, he presents it as such a beautiful gift, a place of inner turmoil that is bliss to the writer because it is how language is able to take root in our souls and grow.

To walk inside yourself and meet no one for hours — that is what you must be jara to attain. What really stood out to me about Rilke was his utter humbleness. Rilke responds to Kappus as if Kappus were the most important person in the world, and he begins each letter with an honest apology for the delay in his responses.

Rilke remains ever humble in his words, and though he gainer brilliant, shining insights, suggestions and long investigations on a variety of topics beyond writing God, love — especially his distaste for those who mistake lust for love and x it damages the artistic heart, Rome, paintings, etc. We all jogen our anxieties day by day, and even those we look up and even idolize were never able to reach perfection.


We are all human, and Rilke manages to mar send us reaching for the heavens while still remaining firmly grounded here on the Earth.

This is a fantastic short collection for anyone with any interest in writing. It is one of the most beautifully empowering books I have ever read and reminds the reader of the mindset dartas must accept in order to let the arts flourish in the soil of their souls.

Whatever the topic he discusses, it is wholly pleasant to be immersed in the flow of his writing – each word is a warm embrace.

While the letters are rilkr for Mr. Kappus alone, and his side of the conversation is missing, the message is universal. This is truly a gift of writing, it sustained a smile across by face the entire time. And as for the rest, let life happen to you.

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Gass has his take on translating the great poet: Reflections on the Problems of Translation View all 88 comments. Rilke was a ril,e German poet, born in Prague. He traveled widely throughout Europe, married and had a daughter. A dozen years out of school, after Rilke had achieved some fame as a poet, a young man wrote to him asking for advice about life and poetry.

Rilke wrote ten letters to him over five years. The young boy was romantic, frail and dreamy; a prisoner, so to speak, in a military boarding school where he was subject to strict discipline, bullying and humiliation. It was the same Rilke was a famous German poet, born in Prague. And all those adjectives also applied to Rilke who had been in the identical situation. So, in a sense, Rilke poured his heart out writing to his younger self.

They always result in more or less unfortunate misunderstandings. Things are not as easily understood nor as expressible as people usually would like us to believe. Most happenings are beyond expression; they exist where a word has never intruded. Perhaps the great renewal of the world will consist of this, that man and woman, freed of all confused feelings and desires, shall no longer seek each other as opposites, but simply as members of a family and neighbors, and will unite as human beings, in order to simply, earnestly, patiently, and jointly bear the heavy responsibility of sexuality that has been entrusted to them….

This progress shall transform the experience of love, presently full of error, opposed at first by men, who have been overtaken in their progress by women. It shall thoroughly change the love experience to the rebuilding of a relationship meant to be between two persons, no longer just between man and woman…. The men, who today cannot yet feel it coming, shall be surprised and defeated by it. This very wish, if you will calmly and deliberately use it as a tool, will help to expand your solitude into far distant realms.

Two of them are constantly at my fingertips wherever I may be. They are here with me now: It becomes increasingly clear that it [aloneness] is basically not something we can choose to have or not to have. We simply are alone.

Most are very accessible. You, you alone, return; brush past me, move about, persist in knocking something that vibratingly betrays you. Wrapt in herself she wandered. And her deadness was filling her like fullness. Full as a fruit with sweetness and with darkness was she with her great death, which was so new that for the time she could take nothing in. How hopelessly stunted they are you can see: And everything else about me too is old and worn and sad to view; why does God delay to do away with it altogether?

I’m still too small to exist, I agree; but I’ll always be so. A very thought-provoking, calming read. Portrait of Rilke by Leonid Pasternak from Wikipedia View all 13 comments.

Anyone who is interested in thoughts of Rilke, Anyone interested in knowing how to write with soul. Kappus seeking affirmation, from the great German poet, whether he should write?


The book continues with a series of letters which are generous answers, to the letters by’Young Worker’, by Rilke, who was only 28 then, at length, and in great detail about what constitutes creativity and poetry, and how to channel the former into the latter.

When you read first letter, at the outset, you may get perception as if the poet is not pleased with someone asking him to evaluate works by that someonehowever as you move ahead you realize that letters by Rilke are exquisite, deep, very candid and probably of some use to someone new who is seeking advice of more experienced ones.

Rilke begins with probably the most honest statement in critical theory- There is nothing less apt to touch a work of art than critical words: He then begins a series of discussions, continued throughout the Letters, of how both the Young Poet and his work can become more mature, more richly developed, and ultimately more connected to the Young Poet’s creative soul.

The great poet says that one need not confirmation from others to decide merit of one’s work of art; he advises- Nobody can advise you and help you, nobody. There is only one way.

He tells young poet that one must not be worried about others’ opinions, all that one should be considerate about it to ask oneself whether at one’s inside one is convinced or not- ask yourself in your night’s quietest hour: Dig down into yourself for a deep answer.

And if it should be affirmative, if it is given to you to respond to this serious question with a loud and simple ‘I mustthen construct your life according to this necessity Rilke talks about different themes in the book, he mentions that one must try to make use of ‘Irony’ in creative moments to get a grasp of life, other themes, which are explored in the book, are- Solitude: Solitude, is essential if the Young Poet is to create work of both universal truth and lasting value.

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Rilke believes that nature has strong impact on creativity, he suggests that ultimate manifestation of creativity is an act of creation. Sexuality Sexuality, according to RIlke, is manifestation of the creative spirit and an expression of humanity’s nature. Love Rilke says that if a young poet has to come to both an understanding ub himself and nature then love is a rwiner important experience for one.

One day there will be girls and women whose names will no longer just signify the opposite of the male but something in their own right, something mraa does not make one think of any supplement or limit but only of life and existence: This step forward at first right against the will of the men who are left behind will transform the experience of love, which is now full of error, alter it root and branch, reshape it into a relation between two human beings I believe that love remains so strong and powerful in your memory rilkee it was your first deep experience of solitariness and the first inner work that undertook on your life.

Rilke moves on further to talk about that one should try to understand life in fullest and that it could be understood only if life q truly lived.

He advises that one must engages fully in every experience – relationships, love, sexual desire, writing- raine try to contemplate them in solitude. The book is one of those creations of art which throw light on the path you must follow to let your artistic creations bloom in fullest. Though letters don’t have any descriptions of the young poet -everything the reader comes to understand about the Young Poet must be gleaned from hints in Rilke’s writing- nevertheless, it can be assuredly said about the book that it gives the impression- the Young Poet undergoes a journey over the course of his correspondence with Rilke and got transformed eventually.