Letters to a Young Poet Themes

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The Relationship between Creativity, Sexuality and Nature

This theme is one of Rilke's two principal themes, with several of the letters exploring the connection between these three aspects of human existence. They are all, in Rilke's perspective, manifestations of the essential human soul, and its core connection to the ways and workings of being human. He never makes the statement outright, but conveys this attitude through his repeated urging that the Young Poet open himself to his creativity, his own sexuality, and human sexuality in general, and to nature. These urgings are all expressed in the context of Rilke's belief that true, transcendent art can only manifest and be understood if it springs from a connection to these facets of the human soul. This thematic premise is supported by Rilke's repeated urgings that the Young Poet not think too much about what Rilke is writing, and about the changes...

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