"…the love that consists in this: that two solitudes protect and border and greet each other."
I think this book should be handed out to high school students along with free condoms and pamphlets on road safety. I think this book should be handed out to grown adults along with free condoms and pamphlets on road safety. —Recommended by Elaine Kahn, City Lights Books
Drawn by some sympathetic note in his poems, young people often wrote to Rilke with their problems and hopes. From 1903 to 1908 Rilke wrote a series of remarkable responses to a young would-be poet, on poetry and on surviving as a sensitive observer in a harsh world. Accompanying the letters is a chronicle of Rilke's life showing what he was experiencing in his own relationship to life and work when he wrote these letters.