Saturday, August 30, 2008

Here I give thanks to Rilke

Letters to a Young Poet (Rainer Maria Rilke)

From Letter One
Paris February 17, 1903

Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write. This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. And if this answer rings out in assent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple "I must," then build your life in accordance with this necessity; your whole life, even into its humblest and most indifferent hour, must become a sign and witness to this impulse.

2 comments:

Tanveer Iqbal said...

SMS Text Greetings - A collection of words that express your feelings to the people you love!

Mary McCallum said...

Thank you, PC, it's easy to say 'I write I write' and then not make the time to do it. Not a little time, lots of time, enough to think and to write.