The Poetry of Rilke

The Poetry of Rilke

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For the past twenty-five years, North Point Press has been working with Edward Snow, "Rilke's best contemporary translator" (Brian Phillips, The New Republic ), to bring into English Rilke's major poetic works. The Poetry of Rilke --the single most comprehensive volume of Rilke's German poetry ever to be published in English--is the culmination of this effort. With more than two hundred and fifty selected poems by Rilke, including complete translations of the Sonnets to Orpheus and the Duino Elegies , The Poetry of Rilke spans the arc of Rilke's work, from the breakthrough poems of The Book of Hours to the visionary masterpieces written only weeks before his death. This landmark bilingual edition also contains all of Snow's commentaries on Rilke, as well as an important new introduction by the award-winning poet Adam Zagajewski. The Poetry of Rilke will stand as the authoritative single-volume translation of Rilke into English for years to come.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780374235314
Characteristics: p. cm.
Additional Contributors: Snow, Edward A.


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ArapahoeStaff7 Sep 03, 2016

This is a stunning collection of poetry. For readers who seek respite through reflections on nature, the human condition, beauty, death, and spirituality, these poems are a remarkable sanctuary. Rilke is intense, eloquent, and inventive and tackles even the most abstruse topics with a refreshing innocence. Truly, his poems are apt to make the reader gasp out loud - they are this affecting. Rilke is accomplishing something with language here that is revolutionary. His words open up spaces of "being" and feeling that you would not have known were even there...

With regard to the translator, Edward Snow, his translations are quite penetrating, although it's always interesting to look up other versions of the poem as a way of comparison. If you read/are interested in the German, this book also provides the text in German.


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