"Go into yourself. Search for the reason that bids you write; find out whether it is spreading out its roots in the deepest places of your heart, acknowledge to yourself whether you would die if it were denied you to write. Must you write? If the answer is 'I must,' then build your life according to this necessity."
-Letters to a Young Poet
Rilke is one of my favorite poets, he has come to be regarded as a modern German classic and was well admired in his later years. In his philosophical works he meditated on life and death, time & eternity, art verses ordinary things. He believed in the spiritual realms which he believed artists had the ability to merge reality with the spiritual.