9780060956547

The Essential Rilke

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    9780060956547

  • ISBN10:

    0060956542

  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/17/2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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Summary

German poet Rainer Maria Rilke(1875-1926) enjoys ever-increasing popularity. His "Duino Elegies" is considered on of the greatest long poems of the twentieth century. Yet translations from his native German have always presented challenges: the elusiveness of Rilke's imagery, the playful way he both distorts and subverts his own language, and the depth and complexity of his poetry make it difficult for translators to preserve the beauty and meaning of the original text. In his stunning bilingual selection that includes the entire "Duino Elegies" as well as a number of favorite and less familiar shorter poems, Galway Kinnell and Hannah Liebmann manage to retain power and grace of Rilke's words. Throughout his poetry, Rilke addresses questions of how to live in and relate to a world in a voice that is simultaneoulsy prophetic and intensely personel. These translations offer new insight into this enigmatic German poet whose work will continue to be read and admired throughout the world.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Note to the Revised Edition xviii
from The Book of Images (1902¡ 1906)
From a Childhood
3(2)
Autumn Day
5(2)
The Beggar's Song
7(4)
from New Poems (1907¡ 1908)
Pieta
11(2)
The Panther
13(2)
The Swan
15(2)
Going Blind
17(2)
Orpheus. Eurydice. Hermes
19(8)
The Bowl of Roses
27(6)
Archaic Torso of Apollo
33(2)
Leda
35(2)
Don Juan's Childhood
37(2)
The Flamingos
39(4)
from Requiem (1909)
Requiem for a Friend
43(20)
from The Life of Mary (1913)
The Quieting of Mary with the Resurrected One
63(4)
Uncollected
[Long you must suffer] (1913)
67(2)
Death (1915)
69(2)
[I'm not sure yet when] (1922)
71(2)
[At the road used to sun] (1924)
73(4)
Duino Elegies (1923)
The First Elegy
77(8)
The Second Elegy
85(6)
The Third Elegy
91(8)
The Fourth Elegy
99(6)
The Fifth Elegy
105(8)
The Sixth Elegy
113(4)
The Seventh Elegy
117(8)
The Eighth Elegy
125(6)
The Ninth Elegy
131(6)
The Tenth Elegy
137(12)
from The Sonnets to Orpheus (1923)
I,2 [And almost a girl it was]
149(2)
I, 3 [A god can do it]
151(2)
I, 5 [Erect no memorial]
153(2)
I, 19 [Though the world changes quickly]
155(2)
II, 13 [Anticipate all parting]
157

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