Letters to a Young Poet

“…go into yourself and explore the depths whence your life wells forth; at its source you will find an answer to the question whether you must create. Perhaps it will turn out that you are called to be an artist. Then take your fate upon yourself and bear it, its burden and its greatness, without asking for that reward that might come from without. For the creator must be a world for himself, and find everything within himself, and in Nature to which he has attached himself.”

-Rainer Maria Rilke





Rilke, R.M. (2001). Letters to a young poet. Modern Library.

5 thoughts on “Letters to a Young Poet

    1. Yes, it is much more than mastering a particular form or style. For me it is about distilling life while instilling hope. I am struggling some where in between! ! Keep going Leanne. We are all in it together… writing the world’s stories.

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    1. I have been struggling with what Rilke speaks about. How do you write poetry or prose that has depth and breath, that surges toward the universal while being intimate and personal enough to reflect the grace inherent in the human drama? How do you fall silent behind the words? I have to steep in those thoughts for a while. Thank you for appreciating it Derrick.

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