Letter to a Young Poet

Rainer Maria Rilke

Rainer Maria Rilke

In 1902, a 19-year-old aspiring poet named Franz Kappus sent a letter and some of his work to the hugely influential Bohemian-Austrian poet, Rainer Maria Rilke, and politely asked for some feedback. Some months later, the following invaluable response reached Kappus, and it didn’t end there — over the course of the next 5 years, Rilke continued to write to him with advice. 

In 1929, three years after his idol’s death, Franz Kappus published Rilke’s ten letters in a book.

(Source: Letters to a Young Poet; Image: Rainer Maria Rilke, via The BBC.)

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