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Rilke's response to a young poet.

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  • Rilke's response to a young poet.

    Thought I would share this excerpt from Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet. I find Rilke's response to a young poet who had written to ask his opinion on his writing skills to be MOST encouraging and inspiring! Hope you all enjoy!

    'You ask whether your verses are any good. You ask me. You have asked others before this. You send them to magazines. You compare them with other poems, and you are upset when certain editors reject your work. Now (since you have said you want my advice) I beg you to stop doing that sort of thing. You are looking outside, and that is what you should most avoid right now. No one can advise or help you – no one. There is only one thing you should do. Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write. This most of all: 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…..’

    Yup, I agree. Rilke... my hero!

  • #2
    I like this pipersfancy. Feeling affirmed and encouraged...thank you for sharing it.


    • #3
      Great response. Thanks for sharing that.


      • #4
        Couldnt agree with this more, i'm seeking the courage to follow this advice.


        • #5
          Uh Oh, there are one of us who needs to ask. ;-( .....Check out that English.


          • #6
            Ah, but one doth protest too much, me thinks, as thou dost indeed facilitate one's observation quite sublimely!


            • #7
              You are teasing me. I barely understand English when it is used as a metaphor. Now you throw some middle English at me. I do love the [ me thinks ]


              • pipersfancy
                pipersfancy commented
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                Aww... I just like the sound of it, Nan! Total gibberish, the lot of it!