Michael Shepherd
Marton, Lancashire
Friday, September 16, 2005

! ! Rilke In Rome Comments

Rating: 2.4
The chance remains of another time
and a life that is not ours...
no, there is not 'more' beauty here than elsewhere -
but there is much beauty here,

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Michael Shepherd
COMMENTS
Michael Shepherd 20 October 2006
These letters were certainly more 'poetic' than those to other friends.
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Herbert Nehrlich1 17 September 2005
What I meant was that Rilke gave up whatever was necessary including being jobless in order to be a poet. His letters were written and addressed to his own soul. H
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Michael Shepherd 17 September 2005
Not a motive. just a fact.
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Herbert Nehrlich1 17 September 2005
Michael I do not think that Rilke's motives were to write letters of encouragement to young budding poets while he himself was struggling through the agony of finding himself as a poet. If there is any truth to this it would include the fact that he would NEVER admit or acknowledge that. H
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Michael Shepherd 17 September 2005
...and maybe it's worth adding that Rilke was still going through the agonies of 'finding himself' as a poet, when he wrote these courteous letters to a slightly younger poet?
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Michael Shepherd 17 September 2005
I've simply extracted lines and more continuous passages, without changing any words. Just an instructive poetic exercise in 'playing being Rilke'. And I would hope it would encourage those who yawn, to become a little more interested in the world outside themselves, perhaps even read Rilke's 'real' poetry?
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Raynette Eitel 16 September 2005
Michael this is beautiful. I'm not sure how much is you and how much is Rilke, but thanks for bringing this together for us. Well done. (and ignore the ignorant comments!) Raynette
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Savannah Churchill 16 September 2005
yawn
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