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The Poetry of Rilke


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For the past twenty-five years, North Point Press has been working with Edward Snow, “Rilkes best contemporary translator” (Brian Phillips, The New Republic), to bring into English Rilkes major poetic works. The Poetry of Rilke—the single most comprehensive volume of Rilkes 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 Rilkes 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 Snows 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.

About the Author

Rainer Maria Rilke was born in Prague in 1875 and traveled throughout Europe for much of his adult life, returning frequently to Paris. His last years were spent in Switzerland, where he completed his two poetic masterworks, the Duino Elegies and the Sonnets to Orpheus. He died of leukemia in December 1926.


Edward Snow is a professor of English at Rice University. He is the recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for his Rilke translations and has twice received the Academy of American Poets Harold Morton Landon Translation Award.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Rereading Rilke by Adam Zagajewski
Translator's Note
From The Book of Hours (1905)

From The Book of Images (1902, 1906)

From New Poems (1907)

From New Poems: The Other Part (1908)

Duino Elegies (1923)

Sonnets to Orpheus (1923)

Uncollected Poems (1909-1926)

Translator's Commentary

Index of Titles and First Lines in German

Index of Titles and First Lines in English

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Rilke, Rainer Maria
North Point Press
Snow, Edward
Introduction by:
Zagajewski, Adam
Snow, Edward
Zagajewski, Adam
Continental european
Single Author - Continental European
Anthologies-Miscellaneous International Poetry
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Index of Titles and First Lines
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