Carl Jung on Rainer Maria Rilke. In this fine letter, Jung replies to author Ellen Gregori, who has sent him her article "Rilkes psychologischen Wissen im Lichte der Lehre von C. G. Jung" ("Rilke's Psychological Knowledge of the Teaching of C. G. Jung"). "Your statements and the nice quotations clearly show, in fact, that Rilke borrowed from the same source as I, that is, from the collective unconscious. He is a poet, or visionary, and I as a psychologist and empiricist. Precisely because of my appreciation for your work allow me to add some remarks which come to mind while reading. I cannot refrain from the feeling that with his great poetic gift and intuition, Rilke was never quite a man of the present. Of course poets are timeless appearances, and his lack of modernity is a confirmation of his being a true poet. But he often seems to me like a medieval man: sometimes a troubador, sometimes a monk. There is something transparent, like the stained glass windows of Gothic cathedrals in his language and the form he gives his images. But he does not have what makes the completeness of a human being: body, weight, shadow. His lofty ethics, his ability for resignation and, perhaps, also his physical delicacy, lead him quite naturally to a goal of perfection, but not of completeness. This would—so it seems to me—have broken him. It would be desirable if someone finally put the inner and outer facts of this life in order and presented the data with the necessary psychological understanding. It would certainly be worthwhile."