Letters to a Young Poet - Section 5 Summary & Analysis

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Section 5 Summary and Analysis

Letter 7 - "Rome, May 14, 1904" Once again, the letter begins with Rilke's apologies for the delay in answering the Young Poet's letter, and once again the delay is attributed to ill health. The letter continues with Rilke's pleased and complimentary commentary on a sonnet sent to him by the Young Poet—he writes that the sonnet is simple and true, clearly the Poet's own unique creation and very much a pleasure to read. Rilke writes he is sending a copy of the sonnet in his own hand, saying it is important for poets to receive their work in such a fashion (see "Quotes," p. 67).

Rilke once again comments on the issue of solitude, indicating the Young Poet has expressed a desire to leave his solitude. Rilke writes that while it might be tempting and easy to do so, true growth only...

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