Should I?: A typical question coexisting with Creation

A famous Austrian writer, Rainer Maria Rilke, and is considered one of the greatest poets of the 20th century, has given me an inspiration to pursue the hobby that I learned to love  at this moment –  writing.  Although he is rightly recognised for his poetry, he is also famous for his correspondence with a young writer collected in Letters to a Young Poet.

In his numerous letters to people who asked for his advices, one of which (Letter No.4) wrote,

“You ask whether your verses are any good. You ask me. You have asked others before this. You send them to magazines. You compare them with other poems, and you are upset when certain editors reject your work. Now (since you have said you want my advice) I beg you to stop doing that sort of thing. You are looking outside, and that is what you should most avoid right now. No one can advise or help you – no one. 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.

At this point in time, if I would ask myself, alongside writing would I pursue teaching in more forms than one? The answer lies within me.

Got any question about your ability?

Dig into yourself for the answer.





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