Figuring by Maria Popova

Apparently, Ralph Waldo Emerson fantasized about the merits of a pentagonal relationship with four of his closest friends as the ideal Platonic form of intimacy. Among his selected poly-platonic partners would be revolutionary Margaret Fuller, astronomer Caroline Herschel, poet and transcendentalist Samuel Ward, and his wife, Anna Baker Ward, with whom Margaret Fuller and Emerson …

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On Love, Fear, and Trust: Lessons from Rilke

It seems I have fallen in love again. This time, the poet comes not from medieval Persia (Hafiz) or 15th century India (Kabir), but from Bohemia, Austria-Hungary, around 1875. And apparently I'm late to the game: the whole world has fallen for Rainier Maria Rilke. But I have just recently discovered Letters to a Young Poet, …

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