un día nuevo





Try to express what you see and feel, what you love and lose. Don't write love poetry; Above all, stay away from forms that are too common and that are easily found: they are the most difficult, because it takes a lot of maturity to contribute something of your own where there are good quantities and, in part, outstanding traditions. For this reason, get rid of the general reasons and take the ones that your daily future offers you. Show your sorrows and wishes, the thoughts that come to your death and your faith in something beautiful; show all that with deep inner sincerity, serene, submissive, and to express yourself, use the objects of your environment, images of your dreams and the essential things of your memories. If your daily life seems poor to you, don't blame her, blame yourself, recognize that you are not enough of a poet to find your riches in it.

Nor will he try to get literary magazines interested in his works, as he will see them as a precious natural property, a piece and a voice of his life. A work of art is good when it arises from the need to create it. Implicit in that original nature is judgment: there is no other. That is why, my dear sir, I could not give you any other advice than this: penetrate yourself and find the deepest things in your life.
That is the source in which you will find the answer to your question if you should create; Take it as it sounds, no explanations. It may happen that you are called to be an artist. If so, accept your destiny and take it with your suffering and your greatness, without ever asking about the reward you will find outside. For the creator must be a world in himself, find everything in himself and in his own nature.

Nor will he try to get literary magazines interested in his works, as he will see them as a precious natural property, a piece and a voice of his life. A work of art is good when it arises from the need to create it. Implicit in that original nature is judgment: there is no other. That is why, my dear sir, I could not give you any other advice than this: penetrate yourself and find the deepest things in your life. That is the source in which you will find the answer to your question if you should create; Take it as it sounds, no explanations. It may happen that you are called to be an artist. If so, accept your destiny and take it with your suffering and your greatness, without ever asking about the reward you will find outside. For the creator must be a world in himself, find everything in himself and in his own nature.


Letter to a young poet, Rilke.