Review of 'Letters to a Young Poet' by Rainer Maria Rilke

imageI was inspired to read this because of an article at the 99% website about Rilke’s letters. The book is a collection of ten letters he wrote to a young aspiring poet who was at a crossroads in his life, trying to choose between the uncertainty of a poet’s life and a military career. His letters are compassionate and inspiring, highlighting the trials and tribulations of being an artist but also the intrinsic rewards of staying the course. The fact he took the time over the course of ten years to correspond and help someone he never met is inspiring. In my own career I try to seek out such noble, wise mentors and I’m happy I ‘found’ him. If you want to learn more, I would start with the 99% article to see if his wisdom on solitude & hard work resonates before purchasing his entire collection of letters.