The Reputation Of Rainer Maria Rilke Has Grown Steadily Since His Death In Today He Is Widely Considered To Be The Greatest Poet Of The Twentieth Century This Modern Library Edition Presents Stephen Mitchell S Acclaimed Translations Of Rilke, Which Have Won Praise For Their Re Creation Of The Poet S Rich Formal Music And Depth Of Thought If Rilke Had Written In English, Denis Donoghue Wrote In The New York Times Book Review,he Would Have Written In This English Ahead Of All Parting Is An Abundant Selection Of Rilke S Lifework It Contains Representative Poems From His Early Collections The Book Of Hours And The Book Of Pictures Many Selections From The Revolutionary New Poems, Which Drew Inspiration From Rodin And Cezanne The Hitherto Little Known Requiem For A Friend And A Generous Selection Of The Late Uncollected Poems, Which Constitute Some Of His Finest Work Included Too Are Passages From Rilke S Influential Novel, The Notebooks Of Malte Laurids Brigge, And Nine Of His Brilliant Uncollected Prose Pieces Finally, The Book Presents The Poet S Two Greatest Masterpieces In Their Entirety The Duino Elegies And The Sonnets To Orpheus Rilke S Voice, With Its Extraordinary Combination Of Formality, Power, Speed And Lightness, Can Be Heard In Mr Mitchell S Versions Clearly Than In Any Others, Said W S Merwin His Work Is Masterful This is Stephen Mitchell s translation I wish I could read the original So far, I prefer Mitchell s translations to others I have read.I especially liked the prose translations.I d like to hear other thoughts re whose translations of Rilke are best and why. This is honestly the best thing I have ever read It took me forever to get through it because I kept stopping to highlight lines on every page It s a masterpiece A freaking masterpiece, I m telling you. This is the first book in my life that I read cover to cover twice in a row, and there is still depth to explore I read every line, let it sink into my mind and arouse emotion fully I believe this is called surrender Rilke is a very obvious existentialist There is a fundamental quality to his writing and to his topics that make each metaphor matter.Beware he does not think of angels in the Christian sense, nor does he speak of God in the Christian sense However I felt I was able to explore the concepts in spirituality he presents because I knew that he was not assuming the reader knows the definitions of the words he uses. one day i ll have this entire thing memorized. Didn t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. If you read no other selection of Rilke s poetry, read this one The selection is comprehensive, and Mitchell s translations are outstanding. This is one of my desert island books I first encountered Rilke in 1984 He is my poet of poets and Stephen Mitchell s translations are unsurpassed. At one point, I must have had every Rilke book that was translated into English He is simply amazing I ended up bequeathing the collection to a friend, who also felt the same about him This book has been a wonderful companion and is always close at hand I love the translations and the inter paginated German and English It has all of his major works, including Sonnets to Orpheus and The Duino Elegies It also has plenty of poems, prose, and tons of great end notes from his personal letters If you want to get into the heart of Rilke, this book will get you beating to the rhythm I live my life in widening ringswhich spread over earth and sky.I may not ever complete the last one,but that is what I will try.I circle around God, the primordial tower,and I circle ten thousand years long and I still don t know if I m a falcon, a storm,or an unfinished song. 3.5 starsThe poetry was good nothing amazing to my ears but what really made this stand out was the prose The selected short stories around halfway through the book are what makes this collection each one is gorgeous and amazing in their own right I wish there existed some collection of only Rilke s prose, but this ll do for now, and I m very happy for having read it.
Rainer Maria Rilke is considered one of the German language s greatest 20th century poets His haunting images tend to focus on the difficulty of communion with the ineffable in an age of disbelief, solitude, and profound anxiety themes that tend to position him as a transitional figure between the traditional and the modernist poets.He wrote in both verse and a highly lyrical prose His two mos
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- Ahead of All Parting: The Selected Poetry & Prose
- Rainer Maria Rilke
- 05 September 2019 Rainer Maria Rilke