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Letters on Life : New Prose Translations (05 Edition)

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"You have to live life to the limit, not according to each day but by plumbing its depth."

-RAINER MARIA RILKE

In this treasury of uncommon wisdom and spiritual insight," the best writings and personal philosophies of one of the twentieth century's greatest poets, Rainer Maria Rilke, are gleaned by Ulrich Baer from thousands of pages of never-before translated correspondence.

The result is a profound vision of how the human drive to create and understand can guide us in every facet of life. Arranged by theme-from everyday existence with others to the exhilarations of love and the experience of loss, from dealing with adversity to the nature of inspiration, here are Rilke's thoughts on how to live life in a meaningful way:

"Life and Living: "How good life is. How fair, how incorruptible, how impossible to deceive: not even by strength, not even by willpower, and not even by courage. How everything remains what it is and has only this choice: to come true, or to exaggerate and push too far."

"Art: "The work of art is adjustment, balance, reassurance. It can be neither gloomy nor full of rosy hopes, for its essence consists of justice."

"Faith: "I personally feel a greater affinity to all those religions in which the middleman is less essential or almost entirely suppressed."

"Love: "To be loved means to be ablaze. To love is: to shine with inexhaustible oil. To be loved is to pass away; to love is to last."

Intimate, stylistically masterful, brilliantly translated, and brimming with the wonder and passion of Rilke, "The Poet's Guide to Life is comparable to the best works of wisdom in all of literature and a perfect book for all occasions.

"From theHardcover edition.

About the Author

RAINER MARIA RILKE (1875—1926) ranks among the great poets of world literature, and was the author of Duino Elegies and Sonnets to Orpheus.

ULRICH BAER is the author of Remnants of Song: Trauma and the Experience of Modernity in Charles Baudelaire and Paul Celan, and the editor of 110 Stories: New York Writes After September 11. Baer is associate professor of German and comparative literature at New York University and chair of the German department.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780812969023
Translator:
Baer, Ulrich
Publisher:
Modern Library
Translator:
Baer, Ulrich
Author:
Rilke, Rainer Maria
Author:
Baer, Ulrich
Subject:
Motivational & Inspirational
Subject:
Authors, german
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Rilke, Rainer Maria
Subject:
Authors, German -- 20th century.
Subject:
Motivational
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library Classics
Publication Date:
20060431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.24x5.58x.63 in. .42 lbs.

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Product details 272 pages Modern Library - English 9780812969023 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "You have to live life to the limit, not according to each day but by plumbing its depth."

-RAINER MARIA RILKE

In this treasury of uncommon wisdom and spiritual insight," the best writings and personal philosophies of one of the twentieth century's greatest poets, Rainer Maria Rilke, are gleaned by Ulrich Baer from thousands of pages of never-before translated correspondence.

The result is a profound vision of how the human drive to create and understand can guide us in every facet of life. Arranged by theme-from everyday existence with others to the exhilarations of love and the experience of loss, from dealing with adversity to the nature of inspiration, here are Rilke's thoughts on how to live life in a meaningful way:

"Life and Living: "How good life is. How fair, how incorruptible, how impossible to deceive: not even by strength, not even by willpower, and not even by courage. How everything remains what it is and has only this choice: to come true, or to exaggerate and push too far."

"Art: "The work of art is adjustment, balance, reassurance. It can be neither gloomy nor full of rosy hopes, for its essence consists of justice."

"Faith: "I personally feel a greater affinity to all those religions in which the middleman is less essential or almost entirely suppressed."

"Love: "To be loved means to be ablaze. To love is: to shine with inexhaustible oil. To be loved is to pass away; to love is to last."

Intimate, stylistically masterful, brilliantly translated, and brimming with the wonder and passion of Rilke, "The Poet's Guide to Life is comparable to the best works of wisdom in all of literature and a perfect book for all occasions.

"From theHardcover edition.

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