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Letters on Cezanne (English, German, Paperback, 2nd ed.): Rainer Rilke Letters on Cezanne (English, German, Paperback, 2nd ed.)
Rainer Rilke; Translated by Joel Agee
R294 R236 Discovery Miles 2 360 Save R58 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Rilke's prayerful responses to the french master's beseeching art

For a long time nothing, and then suddenly one has the right eyes.

Virtually every day in the fall of 1907, Rainer Maria Rilke returned to a Paris gallery to view a Cezanne exhibition. Nearly as frequently, he wrote dense and joyful letters to his wife, Clara Westhoff, expressing his dismay before the paintings and his ensuing revelations about art and life.

Rilke was knowledgeable about art and had even published monographs, including a famous study of Rodin that inspired his New Poems. But Cezanne's impact on him could not be conveyed in a traditional essay. Rilke's sense of kinship with Cezanne provides a powerful and prescient undercurrent in these letters -- passages from them appear verbatim in Rilke's great modernist novel, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge. Letters on Cezanne is a collection of meaningfully private responses to a radically new art.

Duino-elgiee (Afrikaans, Paperback): Rainer Rilke Duino-elgiee (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Rainer Rilke; Translated by H.J. Pieterse
R20 Discovery Miles 200 Out of stock

Rilke se reeks van tien lang gedigte, die Duino-elegiee, word saam met die Sonnette aan Orfeus as sy grootste werk beskou. Rilke het aan die elegiee begin skryf terwyl hy tussen Oktober 1911 en Mei 1912 in die Duino-kasteel in die noorde van Italie tuisgegaan het en het dit na 'n lang onderbreking in 1922 voltooi. Die gedigte is opgedra aan die eienares van die kasteel, prinses Marie von Thurn und Taxis. Die gedigte kan beskou word as klaagsange of treurliedere oor gestorwenes, maar ook oor verganklikheid en die beperktheid van menslike bestaan. Die mens kan, volgens die digter, hierdie beperkte bestaan probeer oorstyg deur ’n proses van verinnerliking. Rilke se simbolistiese poesie het ’n groot invloed op digters van die 20ste eeu, uitgeoefen, ook op Afrikaanse digters soos N.P. van Wyk Louw en Wilma Stockenstrom. Omdat die Elegiee in die oorspronklike Duits moeilik verstaanbaar is selfs vir Afrikaanssprekendes wat Duits magtig is, moet hierdie vertaling van ’n groep gedigte wat reeds klassieke status in die Westerse letterkunde het, verwelkom word. Die Duitse teks word in hierdie bundel saam met die Afrikaanse teks geplaas, sodat die oorspronklike saam met die vertaling gelees kan word. 'n Inleiding en verklarende aantekeninge deur die vertaler dra veel daartoe by dat hierdie nogal moeilike gedigte toeganklik gemaak word.

Duino Elegies (German, Paperback): Rainer Rilke, Edward Snow Duino Elegies (German, Paperback)
Rainer Rilke, Edward Snow
R295 R236 Discovery Miles 2 360 Save R59 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the angelic
orders? and even if one of them pressed me
suddenly to his heart: I'd be consumed
in that overwhelming existence. For beauty is nothing
but the beginning of terror, which we can just barely endure,
and we stand in awe of it as it coolly disdains
to destroy us. Every angel is terrifying.
-from "The First Elegy"

Over the last fifteen years, in his two volumes of New Poems as well as in The Book of Images and Uncollected Poems, Edward Snow has emerged as one of Rainer Maria Rilke's most able English-language interpreters. In his translations, Snow adheres faithfully to the intent of Rilke's German while constructing nuanced, colloquial poems in English.

Written in a period of spiritual crisis between 1912 and 1922, the poems that compose the Duino Elegies are the ones most frequently identified with the Rilkean sensibility. With their symbolic landscapes, prophetic proclamations, and unsettling intensity, these complex and haunting poems rank among the outstanding visionary works of the century.

Rilke Rainer Maria (German, Hardcover): Rainer Rilke Rilke Rainer Maria (German, Hardcover)
Rainer Rilke
R495 R445 Discovery Miles 4 450 Save R50 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Sonnets to Orpheus (Paperback): Rainer Rilke Sonnets to Orpheus (Paperback)
Rainer Rilke; Translated by Martyn Crucefix 1
R261 R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Save R49 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In fifty-five sonnets, Rilke plays an astonishing set of philosophical and sensual variations on the Orpheus myth. 'Praising, that's it!' he declares; nature, art, love, time, childhood, technology, poverty, justice - all are encompassed in poems that spark with insight and invention, amongst the joyful and light-footed that Rilke ever wrote. 'All poetry resists translation, and one poem may have many different versions in another language; what I look for first is clarity, and this version supplies that generously. With the presence of the German text and Crucefix's helpful notes, the English-speaking reader with little or no German will find in this version a welcoming entrance to the path which leads eventually to a full understanding - if a full understanding of this mysterious poetry is ever possible. This translation will have, and keep, a place on my shelves where all the poetry lives.' PHILIP PULLMAN

Die Aufzeichnungen Des Malte Laurids Brigge (German, Paperback): Rainer Rilke Die Aufzeichnungen Des Malte Laurids Brigge (German, Paperback)
Rainer Rilke
R170 Discovery Miles 1 700 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Auguste Rodin (German, Paperback): Rainer Rilke Auguste Rodin (German, Paperback)
Rainer Rilke
R339 Discovery Miles 3 390 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Worpswede (German, Paperback): Rainer Rilke Worpswede (German, Paperback)
Rainer Rilke
R358 Discovery Miles 3 580 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Duino Elegies (Paperback, Second edition): Rainer Rilke Duino Elegies (Paperback, Second edition)
Rainer Rilke; Translated by Martyn Crucefix
R257 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R49 (19%) Out of stock

Perhaps no cycle of poems in any European language has made so profound and lasting an impact on an English-speaking readership as Rilke's Duino Elegies. These luminous new translations by Martyn Crucefix make it marvellously clear how the poem is committed to the real world observed with acute and visionary intensity. Completed in 1922, the same year as the publication of Eliot's The Waste Land, the Elegies constitute a magnificent godless poem in their rejection of the transcendent and their passionate celebration of the here and now. Troubled by our insecure place in this world and our fractured relationship with death, the Elegies are nevertheless populated by a throng of vivid and affecting figures: acrobats, lovers, angels, mothers, fathers, statues, salesmen, actors and children. This bilingual edition offers twenty-first century readers a new opportunity to experience the power of Rilke's enduring masterpiece.

New Poems - Neue Gedichte (German, Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Rainer Rilke New Poems - Neue Gedichte (German, Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Rainer Rilke; Translated by Stephen Cohn
R395 R312 Discovery Miles 3 120 Save R83 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), the greatest German language poet since Goethe, worked for a time as Rodin's secretary at Meudon. This title is a paperback edition of Stephen Cohn's celebrated translations and includes the complete German language text parallel with the English.

Stories of God (Paperback): Rainer Rilke Stories of God (Paperback)
Rainer Rilke
R316 R270 Discovery Miles 2 700 Save R46 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Rainer Maria Rilke felt that the world and all its joys most truly belonged to the young, and in 'Stories of God' he captured for them the magic, charm and wisdom of fairy and folk tales.

Poems (Hardcover, Reissue): Rainer Rilke, J.B. Leishman, Stephen Spender Poems (Hardcover, Reissue)
Rainer Rilke, J.B. Leishman, Stephen Spender
R303 R245 Discovery Miles 2 450 Save R58 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Everyman's Library Pocket Poets hardcover series is popular for its compact size and reasonable price which does not compromise content. Poems: Rilke contains poems from The Book of Images; New Poems; Requiem for a Friend; Poems, 1906-1926; French Poems; The Life of Mary; Sonnets to Orpheus; The Duino Elegies; Letters to a Young Poet; and an index of first lines.

Duino Elegies and Other Selected Poems (Paperback): Rainer Rilke Duino Elegies and Other Selected Poems (Paperback)
Rainer Rilke
R391 Discovery Miles 3 910 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Duino Elegies are the ten magnificent poems that defined the Austrian poet, Rainer Maria Rilke's artistic vision of life, death, eternity, and the human condition. Marie von Thurn und Taxis-Hohenlohe invited Rilke to stay at her castle in Duino, on the coast of the Adriatic Sea near Trieste. He stayed alone in the castle for about four months and, on a cold day in January, 1912, when he was contemplating how to answer a business letter that he received, he walked out into the freezing windy morning and, walking along a path by the bastions looking down at the violent waves of the Adriatic a couple of hundred feet below him, he heard someone speak, but when he turned around, he was alone and the voice that he heard spoke the famous opening lines of the First Elegy: "Wer, wenn ich schriee, hA

rte mich denn aus der Engel/ Ordnungen?" ("Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the Angelic/ Orders?"). Dr. Gartner presents a new translation of Rilke's magnum opus as well as of a selection of ten famous poems from Rilke's collected work

Rilke's Late Poetry - Duino Elegies, the Sonnets to Orpheus & Selected Last Poems (Paperback, New): Rainer Rilke Rilke's Late Poetry - Duino Elegies, the Sonnets to Orpheus & Selected Last Poems (Paperback, New)
Rainer Rilke
R366 R237 Discovery Miles 2 370 Save R129 (35%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The late poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) is one of the summits of European poetry in the twentieth century. Completed in 1922, as were T S Eliots The Waste Land and James Joyces Ulysses, Duino Elegies ranks with them as a classic of literary Modernism and as an inquiry into the spiritual crisis of modernity. The ten long poems grapple with the issue of how the human condition and the role of art have altered in the modern era, with the decline of religion and the acceleration of technology. 1922 also saw the unexpected birth and completion of a new work, The Sonnets to Orpheus, a cycle of 55 sonnets giving lyrical expression to the philosophical insights gained in the Elegies. This is dedicated to Orpheus, the mythic singer and lyre player, who becomes a symbol for Rilke of the acceptance of transience in life and transformation in art. The third part of the late poetry consists of the less known brief lyrics Rilke wrote in the five years prior to his death in December 1926. These last poems constitute a kind of third testament, along with the Elegies and Sonnets. Graham Goods edition is the first to combine translations of all three into a single volume. His versions represent the meanings and echo the sound patterns of the original within fluid and readable English verse, while the introduction and detailed commentary elucidate the contexts, themes and allusions to help make Rilkes late poetry accessible to contemporary poetry lovers and spiritual seekers.

Letters to a Young Poet (Paperback, Reissued 1st Ed): Rainer Rilke Letters to a Young Poet (Paperback, Reissued 1st Ed)
Rainer Rilke
R217 R175 Discovery Miles 1 750 Save R42 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Letters written over a period of several years on the vocation of writing by a poet whose greatest work was still to come.

Les Carnets De Malte Laurids Brigge (French, Paperback): Rainer Rilke Les Carnets De Malte Laurids Brigge (French, Paperback)
Rainer Rilke
R507 R463 Discovery Miles 4 630 Save R44 (9%) Out of stock
Dream-crowned (English, German, Paperback): Rainer Rilke Dream-crowned (English, German, Paperback)
Rainer Rilke; Translated by Lorne Mook
R294 R238 Discovery Miles 2 380 Save R56 (19%) Out of stock

Published in German when he was only twenty-one years old, Rilke's third book, Traumgekront, appears here for the first time in English.

Au Fil De La Vie (French, Paperback): Rainer Rilke Au Fil De La Vie (French, Paperback)
Rainer Rilke
R152 R132 Discovery Miles 1 320 Save R20 (13%) Out of stock
Lettres a UN Poete (French, Paperback): Rainer Rilke Lettres a UN Poete (French, Paperback)
Rainer Rilke
R273 R254 Discovery Miles 2 540 Save R19 (7%) Out of stock
Correspondance Avec Marie de La Tour Et Taxis (Paperback): Rainer Rilke Correspondance Avec Marie de La Tour Et Taxis (Paperback)
Rainer Rilke
R556 R447 Discovery Miles 4 470 Save R109 (20%) Out of stock
Duino Elegies (English, German, Paperback, New edition): Rainer Rilke Duino Elegies (English, German, Paperback, New edition)
Rainer Rilke; Translated by Patrick Bridgewater, Patrick Bridgwater
R264 R239 Discovery Miles 2 390 Save R25 (9%) Out of stock

Poetry. Rainer Maria Rilke, along with Yeats, Mandelstam, and Pessoa, is regarded as one of the great European poets of his century, and by many as the outstanding German poet between Holderlin and Celan. DUINO ELEGIES is Rilke's masterpiece. This cycle of poems, language grasped at its speech-seed, was composed in a three-week blaze of creative energy in 1922, the annus mirabilis which saw the first publication of The Wasteland, Ulysses, and Pound's early Cantos. Rilke, the Santa Claus of loneliness, in Auden's cheeky phrase, said that the elegies were dictated to him, entrusted to him. Of all English versions of Rilke's elegaic symphony, these by the German scholar and poet Patrick Bridgwater may well incarnate the deepest reconciliation of that necessarily warring menage a trois: beauty, truth, and fidelity.

Sonnets to Orpheus (Paperback): Rainer Rilke Sonnets to Orpheus (Paperback)
Rainer Rilke; Translated by Stephen Cohn
R339 R276 Discovery Miles 2 760 Save R63 (19%) Out of stock

Rilke's "Sonnets to Orpheus" appear simple, even casual, at first reading, but have a content which resonates far beyond the familiar legend of Orpheus and Eurydice. They take in the Singing God and his beloved Eurydice; "legend" in general, along with "time", "flight" and "change"; architecture, music and dance; animals, plants, flowers and fruits. The ten letters to the officer-cadet Franz Xavier Kappus, were written between 1903 and 1908.

Prose and Poetry (Paperback): Rainer Rilke Prose and Poetry (Paperback)
Rainer Rilke; Volume editing by Egon Schwarz
R1,038 Discovery Miles 10 380 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Includes The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, selections from The Book of Hours (Books 1, 2, and 3), New Poems, Duino Elegies, and The Sonnets to Orpheus.

Sonnets to Orpheus (German, Paperback, Bilingual ed.): Rainer Rilke Sonnets to Orpheus (German, Paperback, Bilingual ed.)
Rainer Rilke
R301 R243 Discovery Miles 2 430 Save R58 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Breathing, you invisible poem
World-space in pure continuous interchange
with my own being. Equipose
in which I rhythmically transpire.
Written only four years before Rilke's death, this sequence of sonnets, varied in form yet consistently structured, stands as the poet's final masterwork. In these meditations on the constant flux of our world and the ephemerality of experience, Rilke envisions death not only as one among many of life's transformations but also as an ideally receptive state of being. Because Orpheus has visited the realm of death and returned to the living, his lyre, a unifying presence in these poems, is an emblem of fluidity and musical transcendence. And Eurydice, condemned to Hades as a result of Orpheus's backward glance, becomes in Rilke's universe a mythical figure of consolation and hope.
Edward Snow, in his translations of "New Poems," "The Book of Images," "Uncollected Poems," and "Duino Elegies," has emerged as Rilke's most able English-language interpreter. Adhering faithfully to the intent of Rilke's German while constructing nuanced, colloquial poems in English, Snow's "Sonnets to Orpheus" should serve as the authoritative translation for years to come.

New Poems (German, Paperback, Revised ed.): Rainer Rilke New Poems (German, Paperback, Revised ed.)
Rainer Rilke
R376 R354 Discovery Miles 3 540 Save R22 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The formative work of the legendary poet who sought to write "not feelings but things I had felt"

When Rainer Maria Rilke arrived in Paris for the first time in September 1902, commissioned by a German publisher to write a monograph on Rodin, he was twenty-seven and already the author of nine books of poems. His early work had been accomplished, but belonged tonally to the impressionistic, feeling-centered world of a late-nineteenth-century aesthetic.

Paris was to change everything. Rilke's interest in Rodin deepened and his enthusiasm for the sculptor's "art of living surfaces" set the course for his own pursuit of an objective ideal. What was "new" about Rilke's New Poems, published in two independent volumes in 1907 and 1908, is a compression of statement and a movement away from "expression" and toward "making realities." Poems such as "The Panther" and "Archaic Torso of Apollo" are among the most successful and famous results of Rilke's impulse.

This selection from both books unites the companion volumes in a torrent of brilliant work intoxicated with the materiality of the world. Edward Snow has now improved upon the translations for which he received the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award and with which he began his twenty-year project of translating Rilke.

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