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Author: Rainer Maria Rilke
Review: Lis T.
The book begins in 1903 when a student writes to the great poet Rainer Maria Rilke, asking him for advice on his poems, finally receiving a response from the poet as a result is the first wonderful and honest advice of many.
This book contains ten letters sent by Rainer Maria Rilke to Mr. Kappus, where we can admire the poet’s purity and wisdom.
Each letter is so valuable, the poet expresses his opinion and advice from his thought and creativity because each one he expresses how beautiful it is to live.
He encourages him to not fear life because whatever is going to happen, it will be good because one way or another will be part of your future.
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.Letter #1 / Letters to a Young Poet
What I love most about this book is how personal and deep each thought is written in each letter, each of its advice is wonderful to guide any writing to find its best moment of solitude.
This is such a great and inspiring read.