Letters to a Young Poet Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

In the first letter, Rilke tells the young poet that "a work of art is good if it has sprung from necessity." From this statement, discuss what Rilke's philosophy of art is, and comment on that philosophy.

Essay Topic 2

How is Rilke's advice to the young poet applicable for 21st century writers? How is his advice not applicable for 21st century writers?

Essay Topic 3

In the first letter, Rilke suggests that the critical assessment of literary works is not a valuable practice. Do you agree with Rilke's statement? Why or why not? Do you think literary works should not be critically assessed?

Essay Topic 4

Explain Rilke's ideas about the interrelationship of sex and art. How are sex and art similar? What should the role of sexuality be in the life of the artist?

Essay Topic 5

What would the artistic and academic worlds be like without aesthetic...

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