// letters to a young poet //


“There is only one single way. Go into yourself. Search for the reason that bids you write, find out whether it is spreading out its roots in the deepest places of your heart, acknowledge to yourself whether you would have to die if it were denied you to write. This above all – ask yourself in the stillest hour of your night: must I write? Delve into yourself for a deep answer. And if this should be affirmative, if you may meet this earnest question with a strong and simple “I must,” then build your life according to this necessity; your life even into its most indifferent and slightest hour must be a sign of this urge and a testimony to it.”

~ Rainer Maria Rilke in a letter to Franz Xaver Kappus, dated February 17th, 1903. Paris.




16 thoughts on “// letters to a young poet //

  1. Donna Cameron

    Lovely to read one of my favorite quotes from a treasured book (and one that I have given as a gift more times than I can count!). Thanks for helping me start my morning with inspiration.



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