836.912: Rilke, Rainer Maria. Letters to a Young Poet. Translated by M.D. Herter Morton. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1962. 123 pp. ISBN 0-393-00158-X.
- 800: Literature
- 830: Literatures of Germanic languages
- 836: German letters
- 836.9: 1900 to present
- 836.91: 1900-1990
- 836.912: 1900-1945
In 1902, 19-year-old cadet Franz Kappus wrote to Rainer Maria Rilke for his thoughts on some poems he had written. Rilke was known for a few acclaimed books of poetry and was beginning to really hone his craft. Kappus wanted genuine criticism and was trying to decide between a career in the army or a life as a writer. The ten letters he saved and subsequently published as Letters to a Young Poet are some of the most genuine and honest assessments of the field of poetry and the duty of the poet.