What is Solitude for in these Postmodern Times?

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Dorothy Dickinson

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Dr. Andrew Dell’Olio

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In today’s world, solitude is becoming more and more difficult to find. As the focus continues to shift onto being connected and maintaining relationships, people are beginning to overlook the importance and necessity of being alone. Therefore, in order to rectify this problem and to add to the current conversation on solitude, this project will highlight the importance of solitude, particularly for the creative thinker and writer. It will do so by examining and comparing what the philosophers Friedrich Nietzsche and Martin Heidegger and the poet Rainer Maria Rilke said about it in their works and then by applying these thoughts to the role of solitude in the lives of creative writers today. The main goal of this paper is to show how a balance between solitude and encounter, between being alone and being with others, is necessary for people to truly experience the depths of life in all its beauty and radiance.

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