il·lu·mi·nate

some books stay with you through life.

again and again, i turn to Letters to a Young Poet.


on art, love, solitude: Rilke is humble, elegant. timeless.

ten letters to a student (the 'young poet') who had sent Rilke some of his work, asking for advice about becoming a writer.

rather presuming to have all the answers,

it gently illuminates.

as though he has written for me.

for: creatives, the young (at heart), anyone with questions.

...write about what your everyday life offers you; describe your sorrows and desires, the thoughts that pass through your mind and your belief in some kind of beauty – describe all these with heartfelt, silent, humble sincerity and, when you express yourself, use the Things around you, the images from your dreams, and the objects that you remember. If your everyday life seems poor, don't blame it; blame yourself...
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke -

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