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Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
Letters to a Young Poet

Condetector, January 2, 2012

Approximately 25 years ago I received a card from a dear friend and mentor that included a short quotation about "living the questions" by Rilke. Even though I had no clue about the depth of the meaning,I found it intriguing to the point that it stuck in my head-- occasionally resurfacing.

Finally in 2003 my curiousity drove me to search for the source, causing me to purchase the book. In my solitude those haunting words surfaced with intense meaning to the point I began to quote a large part of page 34 frequently to various loved ones. Fast forward to January 1,2012, time for my annual evaluation;I recovered my priceless book from its place on my shelves. Having just finished reading Stephen Mitchell's introduction--I relate the ending: "And like a poem, it can mirror back to us our condition, changing as we change, clarifying as our vision becomes more clear, until its insights become as familiar and obvious as our own face." It has occurred to me that I have five special persons in my life who I plan to gift with Rainer Maria Rilke Letters to a Young poet, which is packed with useful gems. At age 82,I'm hoping the recipients will be impacted by its value much sooner than I.
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