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Diaries of a Young Poet Paperback – November 17, 1998
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From Kirkus Reviews
In the diaries [Rilke] kept from 1898 to 1900, now translated for the first time . . . the overall impression is that of a genius just coming into his own powers. -- Boston Phoenix
Top Customer Reviews
I read these works and think, "This is a diary? What if people, years from now published my morning pages notebooks? Hardly the beauty found here."
AND yet in Rilke's words, I find an appreciation not only for him, for his art, for the people who populated his life experience - I also find an extreme appreciation for the connection we all share.
What is exceptionally invigorating about these Diaries is their wide variety of creative expression. There are poems - there are pieces of short fiction - there is a sort of travel narrative and art criticism.
Unlike another reader, I found it highly personal.... Like stepping into the pages of anyone's diary is highly personal.
I found myself singing songs of gratitude for the fact his diaries were saved so that we could enjoy them today, more than one hundred years later.
Ironic and perfect, given that final appraisal by me, to hear this one quote from this book which really sums up Rilke's reflection of life from his pen - "Whoever understands and honors Death grants Life greatness."