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Letters to a Young Poet
Letters to a Young Poet | Rainer Maria Rilke
Letters written over a period of several years on the vocation of writing by a poet whose greatest work was still to come.
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Trashcanman
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"In the deepest and most important things, we are unspeakably alone "

Leftcoastzen Absolutely true . 4w
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“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. [L]ive in the question.”

#MayMovieMagic | 20: #TomorrowNeverKnows

📷: Made with Typorama

Cinfhen Brilliant!!! Such a thoughtful response to this prompt 🙌🏻 1mo
rohit-sawant Love this! 💜 1mo
Cathythoughts I love this too ♥️👍🏻 1mo
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GatheringBooks
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#QuotsyMar19 Day 17: Sing out the pain of #Solitude as Rilke advised. Read this aloud with my then-16 yo girl and she refused to continue as she found Rilke to be a horny, pedantic letter-writer. 😂🤣😭 Hopefully, Rilke finds her again at a time when she is finally ready for him. But not now, not yet.

gradcat My heavens! Poor, dear Rilke—horny? 😱😂 3mo
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Read this on a flight to California. Amazing. So much in these 10 letters speak to core essentials of life. So much is ancient, so much is prescient of progress in the last 100 years since this correspondence took place. It's life altering reading.

merelybookish A book to return to! ♥️ 5mo
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Sapphire
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"Then, as if no one had ever tried before, try to say what you see and feel and love and lose."

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I‘m a sucker for letters, so naturally this was a pick for me. Rilke has some good advice on poetry, love, relationships, loneliness...but mostly encouraged his addressee to embrace the difficulty and pain of solitude. Beautiful and thoughtful, and a very quick read. 5 out of 5 on GR.

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Rilke is so sweet with Kappus. And has a truly beautiful mind. So much inspiration.

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“But in these weeks of the awakening Spring
Something within me has been freed- something
That in the past dark years unconscious lay,
Which rises now within me and commands
And gives my poor warm life into your hands
Who know not what I was that Yesterday.”

OMW to NYC for HPatCC!

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I loved this book. It‘s bound to be perennial reread (haha).
I don‘t always agree with Rilke but there are beliefs in here I hold that I appreciated reading someone far away in time and space articulating.
Also, his tenderness to the human he was writing to is powerful and moving.
Thank you @Trashcanman for this lovely gift.
#24B42019 checking in at 13 hours, 33 minutes.

TheReadingMermaid Great time hon! 6mo
Andrew65 Going really well. Keep going. 👍😊 6mo
SkeletonKey I think I‘m going to read that this year! 6mo
jmofo @SkeletonKey I hope you enjoy it! 👋 6mo
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jmofo
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Thank you @Trashcanman for the very kind gift! I‘m looking forward to to reading this!

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applesauce
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My absolute favorite quote from #rainermariarilke

CarolynM Welcome to Litsy 🌼 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 7mo
Eggs ❤️ Rilke! Welcome to Litsy 🎉😊👋🏻 7mo
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Read as little as possible of literary criticism—such things are either partisan opinions, which have become petrified and meaningless, hardened and empty of life, or else they are just clever word-games, in which one view wins today, and tomorrow the opposite view.

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Blooferlady
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Ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. And if this answer rings out in assent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple “I must,” then build your life in accordance with this necessity; your whole life, even into its humblest and most indifferent hour, must become a sign and witness to this impulse.

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Baby book haul at Tattered Cover today. @Trashcanman I got a bit overwhelmed in the poetry section (such a lovely bookstore) but I found this little gem. I can‘t wait to read it.

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Trashcanman This is beautiful 11mo
CBee @Trashcanman isn‘t it? This is a lovely book - I haven‘t read the whole thing but it‘s worth a peek. 😁 11mo
Craftylikefox 💕 11mo
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Kat_H
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Short but very sweet. Found this via BrainPickings and his writings about creativity and love gave me a lot to chew over. Some of it went over my head but it was beautiful to read anyway.

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Kat_H
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Rilke on allowing yourself the time and space to nurture your creative north star

"Allow your verdicts their own quiet untroubled development which like all progress must come from deep within and cannot be forced or accelerated. Everything must be carried to term before it is born..."

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Thank you for the lovely gift Kendal! @Sorceryandswords #jbuk

Sophoclessweetheart You‘re welcome darling! I hope you enjoy! X 12mo
Stacypatrice What a beautiful model you have there 🙂 12mo
Bookish.SAM Adorable puppers! 12mo
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Stephanie-Anne
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#7favesin7days 💚(2/7)

(Post a book you love each day for 7 days, without review or comment, with the hashtag #7favesin7days in your post so we can keep it going!)

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"....outer standstill....inner movement. ..."
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

#rainermariarilke #letterstoayoungpoet #reading #books #libraries #bibliophile

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Finishing this book has left me speechless. I‘m sitting here thinking: how can I possibly capture this in words? I feel like I‘ve grown immensely by reading this. It‘s not that he shares much that is new to me. He puts in the clearest of words thoughts and beliefs that I hold about “Things” in life, thinking I‘ve been alone in these viewpoints. Plus, There are so many unforgettable nuggets of wisdom. “Let life happen to you”⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

peacegypsy Beautiful summary of phenomenal poetry. I love Rilke. 1y
Joyfulmimi I definitely need to read more of him @peacegypsy 1y
revenge4porgy Don‘t ask me if you‘re a writer if when you wake up, you can‘t think of anything but writing first you‘re a writer 1y
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Joyfulmimi Yes! @revenge4porgy One of my favorites! 1y
Suet624 I think you‘ve convinced me I need to read this. 1y
Joyfulmimi I loved it @Suet624 1y
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peacegypsy
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Anyone else underlined half (or more) of Letters to a Young Poet? #Rilke

revenge4porgy I did! 😎😉❤️😱 1y
peacegypsy @revenge4porgy 😄🙌🙌 1y
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"If you hold close to nature, to what is simple in it, to the small things people hardly see and which all of a sudden can become great and immeasurable; if you have this love for what is slight, then everything will grow easier, more unified and somehow more conciliatory. What matters is to live everything." ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Desha I love Rilke!! ♥️ 1y
Branwen @Desha Me too! He was such an incredible poet! 😃 1y
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"I am circling around the ancient tower,
and I have been circling for a thousand years,
and I still don't know if I am
a falcon, or a storm, or a great song."

batsy ❤️ 1y
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LubicaP
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Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses, only waiting for the day when they will see us handsome and brave? Perhaps everything terrifying is deep down a helpless thing that needs our help.

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Just got my Literary Box 📦 from PageHabit and found this surprise gem in it!! Been on my TBR forever 🤗

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If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth it‘s riches; for to the creator there is no poverty and no poor indifferent place.

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Still one of my favorite quotes. Some days I need the reminder.

Wellreadhead Incredible 1y
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teebe
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I could read a 400-page book and not use this many page flags. This book is only 102 pages. Someone take away the post-it notes!

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teebe
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Rilke talks of books the way Byron talks of love and I am here for it #currentlyreading

DivaDiane Love Rilke‘s poetry! 1y
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Happy New Year

JessClark78 Happy New Year! 1y
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Cathythoughts Oh !! 💕💕💕 2y
batsy @Cathythoughts I dip into this book every now and then when I need to reminded that people can be, and are, kind to each other 💞 2y
Cathythoughts Thank god for kindness @Batsy ❤️ 2y
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TrishB Great quote 👍🏻 2y
merelybookish I love Rilke. And whenever I read something by him I think, why am reading anything else? 2y
merelybookish *Why am I 2y
batsy Thanks @TrishB, it's a lovely gem of a book 🙂 2y
batsy @merelybookish I need to read more of his poetry! This might sound weird, but he seems so essentially good, and it seems a rare quality ... No cheap or easy cynicism in his work. 2y
merelybookish @batsy I recently bought his Book of Hours. I'm not particularly religious but these poems stir my soul. I don't know how to describe it without sounding kind of corny. 2y
batsy @merelybookish I know what you mean. I always feel that way about writing that moves me 🌽 I'll add this to my stack along with Duino Elegies. 2y
ValerieAndBooks I have this one — looks like I should pull it off my poetry shelves and take a closer look at it!! 2y
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Letters to a Young Poet | Rainer Maria Rilke

And your doubt can become a good quality if you train it..Ask it, whenever it wants to spoil something for you, why something is ugly, demand proofs from it, test it, and you will find it perhaps bewildered and embarrased, perhaps also protesting. But don't give in, insist on arguments, and act in this way, attentive and persistent, every single time, and the day will come when, instead of being a destroyer, it will become one of your best workers

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My wife is not a huge reader, but this is one of her favorites. It's a beautiful little book, with some great insights. Also, who can read this inscription??

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Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like ... books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.

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Centique
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#bookmail #yessssss!
A gift for a friend and a gift for me! This is the fourth person I've given Eleanor and Park to. AND I have seen so many great quotes from Letters to a Young Poet it was about time I read it. This Penguin Classics edition is beautiful 😍

batsy Rilke is wonderful ❤️ 2y
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Mariesen
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"Life is right, whatever happens."

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Time to play catch up. My pick for the #poetry day of #aprilbookshowers is Rainer Maria Rilke's Letters To A Young Poet. I'm pretty picky about the translations, but all in all I love his work.

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“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”

Tsubame What a fun coincidence! I log in for first time in a while and you posted on that same day :) "Live the questions" I love that idea 2y
Faibka @Tsubame 😆 I've been on and off as well 2y
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"... believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it." ? #rilke #love #inspiring #encouraging

Nute I love this book and the wisdom of its messages. 1y
sarahbellum @Nute this is one of my all time favorites. I get something new out of it every time I reread it 1y
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#TBT of the week. A few years ago my friend Terry gave me two boxes of books. They were all first part of the 20th century and mid 20th century. These lovelies were amongst them. I still find it odd breaking down parts of the 20th century into historical sections considering I lived in it. Well historians have to do what they have to do.

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jdtchicago
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only someone who is ready for everything, who doesn't exclude any experience, even the most incomprehensible, will live the relationship with another person as something alive and will himself sound the depths of his own being.

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"Go into yourself. Search for the reason that bids you write." Looking forward to sharing Rilke with new writing students tomorrow.

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Stephanie-Anne
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"Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love." ❤I reread LTAYP every year. These aren't even my favorite quotes from this book (see the one in Letter Four about "living the questions"). Seriously, read Rilke, or read him again!!! #januaryreads #epistolary

Hobbinol 👏🏻good one! 2y
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wrapping presents
eating donuts
reading books

(all from my bed, of course)