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Rilke, Poet as Philosopher

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September 2013

A man who straddled the 19th and 20th centuries, the Austrian poet Rainer-Maria Rilke has been taken up in recent years by the New Age Movement. In his slim volume “Letters to a Young Poet” in which he advises a young man on matters of the aesthetic Rilke reaches larger universal concerns about life and suffering. Embrace the pain, he says.

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