Essay Topic 1
Discuss the poet, Rainer Maria Rilke. What are Rilke's common subjects in his writing? What genres of literature did Rilke write? What are the overriding themes which embody his works?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss John L. Mood's interpretation of Rilke as a writer. How did Mood first encounter Rilke? What drew him to the poet's writing? In what era did Mood become fascinated with Rilke and why?
Essay Topic 3
In "Rilke's Letters on Love," discuss the poet's stance on solitude. What imagery does Rilke use to describe his thoughts? What suggestions does he offer regarding this theme?
Essay Topic 4
In Rilke's letters, what does he say regarding the institution of marriage? What mistakes do people make in marrying? How does he suggest one avoid these pitfalls?
Essay Topic 5
Discuss Rilke's relationship to Christianity. How does the poet view Christianity and its stance on sexuality? In what other...
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