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Selected Poemsby Rainer Maria Rilke
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These poems, selected from Das Buch der Bilder and the two parts of Neue Gedichte, show Rilke's deep concern with sculpture and painting. Written in his less mystical period (1900-1908), the poems exhibit Rilke's particular artistic and poetic power.
Rainer Maria Rilke was one of Germany's most important poets. His influences include the paintings of the Worpswedders and the French Impressionists, the sculpture of Rodin (to whom he was both friend and secretary), and the poetry of Baudelaire, Verlaine, Mallarmé, and other symbolists. His poetry is innovative, enigmatic, and entertainingly idiosyncratic. C.F. MacIntyre's translations are both true to the original and poetic in their own right, and in each book he includes an introduction and notes. German text faces the English translation.
These poems, selected from Das Buch der Bilder and the two parts of Neue Gedtchte, show Rilke's deep concern with sculpture and painting. Written in his less mystical period (1900-1908), the poems exhibit Rilke's particular artistic and poetic power.
MacIntyre's selections of Rilke's poetry are from Das Buch der Bilder (Book of Images) and Neue Gedichte (New Poems). MacIntyre felt that in these poems, Rilke reached particular perfection.
These poems, written between 1900 and 1908, and selected from "Das Buch der Bilder" and the two parts of "Neue Gedichte", show Rilke's deep concern with sculpture and painting. The book includes an introduction and notes. The German text faces the English translation.
Strange violin, are you following me? In how many towns when I am alone your lonely night has called to mine? Do hundreds play you, or only one?<P>from The Neighbor
About the Author
C.F. MacIntyre (d.1967) was well known as a translator. In addition to works by Rilke, he translated Goethe's Faust and many of the French symbolists: Nerval, Baudelaire,Verlaine, Corbière, Mallarmé, Rimbaud, Laforgue, and Valéry. His volumes of original poems include The Black Bull, Cafés and Cathedrals, and Poems.
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