Thursday, November 20, 2008

85. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

#85

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Title: Letters to a Young Poet
Author: Rainer Maria Rilke
Copyright: 1993
Pages: 128
Format: Paperback
Rating: 4/5 stars
Finished: 11-20-08

These are the letter Rainer Maria Rilke wrote to the young, aspiring poet Franz Xaver Kappus. Through these letters, Rilke imparts his thoughts and feelings on living your life to its fullest potential, but to also make sure that you stay true to yourself throughout. I read through this book every couple of years, and it never fails to amaze me how a collection of letters written over 90 years ago can still have so much to offer us today. My copy is dog-eared from multiple readings, with numerous passages underlined, but I still seem to find something new in each reading that is relevant to my life right now.

1 comment:

Beth Kephart said...

David — thank you, again, for your kindness. I come onto your blog and discover one of my favorite books right here. Great stuff. Glad you have put it on your shelf.