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Letters to a Young Poet

Letters to a Young Poet

By Rainer Maria Rilke
Translated by M.D. Herter Norton

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. 

123 pages
W. W. Norton & Company, 1993
Originally Published in 1929
5.4 x 0.3 x 8 inches
ISBN 9780393310399
Letters and Correspondence

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