Better Living Through Bibliotherapy

By Paul Reitter and Chad Wellmon

Better Living Through BibliotherapyOf the power of art, history, and philosophy to change us there are few instances more straightforward than Rilke’s sonnet “Archaic Torso of Apollo,” in which a confrontation with classical sculpture ends with the injunction, “You must change your life.” It might seem, at first, a short step from that stern command to branding Rilke’s collected letters as The Poet’s Guide to Life: The Wisdom of Rilke, as the Modern Library did in 2005. Self-transformation has always been part of the promise of the humanities, after all.

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An early reminder that on September 22 we will be discussing the poetry of Rainier Maria Rilke (focusing on translations by Stephen Mitchell and J.B. Leishman).

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