Letters to a Young Poet (Paperback)

Letters to a Young Poet By Rainer Maria Rilke, M. D. Herter Norton (Translated by) Cover Image

Letters to a Young Poet (Paperback)

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Rilke's timeless letters about poetry, sensitive observation, and the complicated workings of the human heart.


Born in 1875, the great German lyric poet Rainer Maria Rilke published his first collection of poems in 1898 and went on to become renowned for his delicate depiction of the workings of the human heart. Drawn by some sympathetic note in his poems, young people often wrote to Rilke with their problems and hopes. From 1903 to 1908 Rilke wrote a series of remarkable responses to a young, would-be poet on poetry and on surviving as a sensitive observer in a harsh world. Those letters, still a fresh source of inspiration and insight, are accompanied here by a chronicle of Rilke's life that shows what he was experiencing in his own relationship to life and work when he wrote them. 



Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926), the author of Sonnets to Orpheus and Letters to a Young Poet, was one of the greatest poets of the German language.

M. D. Herter Norton is a publisher and translator. Together with her husband William Warder Norton, she founded the publishing company W. W. Norton & Company. Her work as translator includes the translation of works by Rainer Maria Rilke.
Product Details ISBN: 9780393310399
ISBN-10: 0393310396
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: September 17th, 1993
Pages: 96
Language: English

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