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Rilke's prayerful responses to the french master's beseeching art
Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the angelic
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
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.
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.
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.
Letters written over a period of several years on the vocation of writing by a poet whose greatest work was still to come.
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
Published in German when he was only twenty-one years old, Rilke's third book, Traumgekront, appears here for the first time in English.
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.
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.
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.
Breathing, you invisible poem
The formative work of the legendary poet who sought to write "not feelings but things I had felt"
Presents a collection of the twentieth-century German poet's collected and uncollected works, as well as passages from his novel, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge.
These have been called the most famous and beloved letters of our century. Rainer Maria Rilke himself said that much of his creative expression went into his correspondence, and here he touches upon a wide range of subjects that will interest writers, artists, and thinkers.
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