For those trying to make sense of the death of a loved one, they will find in Rilke’s letter of condolences a balm for pain and suffering of loss. We already know through his poetry that Rilke has both special connection to the spiritual essence of the world and the unparalleled ability to string the most beautiful and profound sentences out of this connection. In these letters, he shows a different side of his twin talents as he consoles and uplifts the acquaintances, friends, and family members who have sought him for comfort in the aftermath of loss.
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Published: Modern Library - August 14th, 2018