Letters to A Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
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  • What I love about this book is that it cuts across the years and still speaks to the heart of every young writer
  • I agree with the author in first asking if you have the passion to do something
  • And they never consider that it is all hard work
  • I highly recommend Letters to a Young Poet to anyone who wants to get really serious with writing

    • by tsimon
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      I first encountered this book when I enrolled in a creative writing class in college. I wanted to learn as much about being a writer and Letters to A Young Poet fast became one of my favorites.

      What I love about this book is that it cuts across the years and still speaks to the heart of every young writer. Rilke does not


      say what makes a poem bad or good. Rather, he challenges the young writer if he himself is good enough to be a writer. I agree with the author in first asking if you have the passion to do something. Even today, a lot of young artists still want to pursue what they’re doing because they think it’s glamorous. And they never ...

      • consider that it is all hard work.

        You don’t have to be in a writing class to understand the book. It’s actually a collection of letters and is very thin. I often imagine that Rilke has addressed the letters to me personally.

        I highly recommend Letters to a Young Poet to anyone who wants to get really serious with writing. I often go back to

        this to help me remember why I write.

        Letters to a Young Poet didn’t teach me a formula for writing better poems. Neither did it show me any techniques. It has challenged me to find purpose in what I do. It has helped me keep writing and believe that it is a worthwhile task –even if it won’t make me rich (at least not yet).




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