Writing Reminder:

Posted: February 27, 2013 in Poetry by Natasha Ramsey, Rocks in my path, Wonderful Humans
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Rilke Reminds Us:

“Explore the reason that bids you write, find out if it has spread out its roots in the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die, if writing should be denied to you. Above all, ask yourself in the stillest hour of the night, “Must I write?” Dig deep into yourself for an answer. And if this answer should be in the affirmative, if you can meet this solemn question with a simple strong “I must,” then build up your life according to this necessity. Your life right down to its most indifferent and unimportant hour must be a token and a witness to this compulsion. Then approach nature. Try to express what you see and experience and love and lose as if you were the first man alive.”

“Works of art are of an infinite loneliness. Nothing can reach them as little as criticism. Only love can grasp them, keep keep hold of them and be just to them. Always trust yourself and your own feelings as opposed to any analysis, review or introduction. If you should be wrong, then the inner growth of your natural life will lead you to new realisations…

Rilke, Rainer Maria (2011-10-03). Letters to a Young Poet (p. 7). . Kindle Edition.


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