Letters to a Young Poet

Letters to a Young Poet

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Publisher's Synopsis

Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet are arguably the most famous and beloved letters of the twentieth century. Written when the poet was himself still a young man, with most of his greatest work before him, they were addressed to a student who had sent Rilke some of his own writing, asking for advice on becoming a writer. The two never met, but over a period of several years Rilke wrote him these ten letters, which have been cherished by hundreds of thousands of readers for what Stephen Mitchell calls in his Foreword the "vibrant and deeply felt experience of life" that informs them. Eloquent and personal, Rilke's meditations on the creative process, the nature of love, the wisdom of children, and the importance of solitude offer a wealth of spiritual and practical guidance for anyone. At the same time, this collection, in Stephen Mitchell's definitive translation, reveals the thoughts and feelings of one of the greatest poets and most distinctive sensibilities of the twentieth century.

Book information

ISBN: 9780679642329
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Imprint: Modern Library
Pub date:
DEWEY: 831.912
DEWEY edition: 21
Language: English
Sales rank: 20817
Number of pages: 109
Weight: 200g
Height: 193mm
Width: 129mm
Spine width: 15mm