Monday, February 07, 2005

Letters to a Young Poet - Rainer Maria Rilke

There is only one thing you should do. Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write. This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. And if this answer rings out in assent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple "I must," then build your life in accordance with this necessity; your whole life, even into its humblest and most indifferent hour, must become a sign and witness to this impulse.


Rilke's ten letters have been the boundless resource of creative energy and inspiration for this blogger. In times of crisis, I often go back to these passages of Rilke, and ask myself, "Must I blog?" Then I know that I'm in blogging for the long term.

8 comments:

Mec said...

:)

I think, some were really born to blog... for the long term...

something about writing down our thoughts that make them more real for us... that helps us to know how we shall proceed... with living, loving and learning...

marvin said...

So true, Mec. So true...

bayibhyap said...

of course, you must blog...

you blog with an intense passion that is so obvious in the issues you raise. if blogging has not taken root in you, the issues you raise cannot come across to all of us the way they do. indeed, you have to blog. i suspect it is not a choice for you. it's more a calling.

marvin said...

Geez Bayi, thanks.

jesse said...
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jesse said...

Hey, Atty. Marvin. Jesse Liwag ulit.

Would it be possible to get your opinion about this?

bayibhyap said...

if you have not already read "portrait of an artist as a young man" by james joyce, i would recommend this. i was immensely influenced by this literary piece as a young man.

marvin said...

Bayi,

You mean, James -" to write in the smithy of my soul, the uncreated conscience of my race.." -- Joyce?
Of course. I think it is the first modern novel. I am hoping I will get trapped in an island one day, with only a copy of "Ulysess" to get by.