Prologue and Letters on Love
• John J. L. Mood opens his book with a prologue describing the profound effect Ranier Maria Rilke's writing had on him, and his resulting desire to spread the appreciation of Rilke's work to the world.
• In his introduction, Mood describes the influences of Rilke's friendships with feminists Ellen Kay and Lou Andreas-Salome, and describes Rilke's sensual and soulful writing about sex to be a poetic and spiritual act.
• Mood's gathered essays are Rilke's written contemplation of the question - of how one may learn in Eros the lessons it has to teach about true and perfect love.
• The first of Rilke's letters posits the importance of living comfortably in the quest for answers to the questions about love.
• He implores the reader always to be a beginner, always learning and asking, and loving the searching journey for its own sake.
• Second, Mood includes...
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