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Letters to a Young Poet

So today, as I often am, feel lonely to be in SF.  Its raining, and I am at Panera on my laptop just surfing around. Anyway, I was reminded about one of my favorite books – Letters to a Young Poet by Ranier Maria Rilke.

The book is a collection of 10 short letters written by Rilke to a former student who was away in college.  The college student felt alone and unsure, and Rilke wrote letters helping to explain life, to encourage, etc.

Anyway, one of my absolute favorite books.  I found a website, where they had the letters written out so I copied them.  These are the Stephen Mitchell translation (good, but not my favorite).

They will be posted permanently on this website (or until I don’t need them anymore).

LETTERS TO A YOUNG POET: RANIER MARIA RILKE

Letter 1: From Paris (France) – February 17, 1903

Letter 2: From Viareggio (Italy) – April 5, 1903

Letter 3: From Viareggio (Italy) – April 23, 1903

Letter 4: From Worpswede (Germany) – July 16, 1903

Letter 5: From Rome (Italy) – October 29, 1903

Letter 6: From Rome (Italy) – December 23, 1903

Letter 7: From Rome (Italy) – May 14, 1904

Letter 8: From Borgeby gard, Fladie (Sweden) – August 12, 1904

Letter 9: From Furuborg, Jonsered (Sweden) – November 4, 1904

Letter 10: From Paris (France) – December 26th, 1904