Letters to a Young Poet

13 years ago | Frances Gonzalez (Member)

Writing has been difficult as of late, something I know others go through all the time. So I picked up a copy of "Letters to a Young Poet" by Rainier Maria Rilke hoping for a boost-up, and it certainly helped in the inspiration department. I thought I'd post a bit here, and see if it sparks any responses with anyone else besides me. What do you guys think?

"You ask whether your poems are good. You send them to publishers; you compare them with other poems; you are disturbed when certain publishers reject your attempts... I suggest you give all that up. You are looking outward and, above all else, that you must not do now. No one can advise or help you, no one.

"There is only one way: Go within. Search for the cause, find the impetus that bids you write. Put it to this test: Does it stretch out its roots in the deepest place of your heart? Can you avow that you would die if you were forbidden to write? Above all, in the most silent hour of your night, ask yourself this: MUST I write? Dig deep into yourself for a true answer. And if it should ring its assent, if you can confidently meet this serious question with a simple, 'I must,' then build your life upon it. It has become your necessity. Your life, in even the most mundane and least significant hour, must become a sign, a testimony to this urge."

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