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Posted September 7, 2002
On Living the Solitary Life
This particular collection of German poet Rainer Rilke deals more specifically with understanding love and what role it plays in the individual development of the person as a whole. By living the solitary life, Rilke explains that we must first realize that we are alone, come into the world alone, and leave this world alone. While a co-dependant relationship with a mate does not enhance our lives, a dependant relationship with our mate is the ultimate goal in achieving a mature and fulfilling life. Rilke says that "the highest task of a bond between two people is for each to stand guard over the solitude of the other." This collection is a great comfort for those healing from broken relationships.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 31, 2000
Sensual Love and Serious Relationships
For years, I have enjoyed this little book by the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke. What I like most about it is its combination of sexual love and serious romantic relationships. Most books which talk about how difficult romance is get too spiritual for me and aren't 'sexy' enough. On the other hand, sex books usually neglect the problems that accompany romantic love. Rilke's book combines both of these aspects, especially in the sections 'Letters on Love' and 'Poems on Love.' That is what has always fascinated me about this book and has kept me coming back to it over and over.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.