2016年9月24日 星期六

"Letters to a Young Poet' (1934) Rainer Maria Rilk

“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.”
―from LETTERS TO A YOUNG POET by 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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René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke was born in Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary on this day in 1875.
"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."
--Letter One (17 February 1903) from "Letters to a Young Poet' (1934) 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. Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926) is one of the greatest lyric German poets. Born in Prague, he published his first book of poems, Leben und Lieber, at age nineteen. He met Lou Salomé, the talented and spirited daughter of a Russian army officer, who influenced him deeply. In 1902 he became a friend, and for a time the secretary, of Rodin, and it was during his twelve-year Paris residence that Rilke enjoyed his greatest poetic activity. In 1919 he went to Switzerland where he spent the last years of his life. It was there that he wrote his last two works, Duino Elegies (1923) and The Sonnets to Orpheus (1923). READ an excerpt here:http://knopfdoubleday.com/b…/154358/letters-to-a-young-poet/

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