Pure Contradiction: Selected Poems

byRAINER MARIA RILKETranslated byIan CrockattIntroduction byIan Crockatt

January 1, 2013|
Pure Contradiction: Selected Poems by RAINER MARIA RILKE
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Rainer Maria Rilke was described by another great poet, Maria Tsvetaeva, as ‘not a poet, but the embodiment of poetry’. His work spans the divide between Europe’s turn-of-the-century decadence and its post First World War revolutionary modernism, always struggling to develop, to seek and reach beyond itself.  

This bilingual selection gathers poems from all periods of Rilke’s life and artistic development but, instead of arranging them chronologically, places poems of similar themes or modes of expression close to one another, making bed-fellows of poems rarely seen together. Each poem is to a greater or lesser extent conscious of others, the aim being to illuminate the underlying themes which Rilke said he had arrived at very early in his life. Not that this is straightforward; Rilke’s thinking, like his monumental lyrical gift, was subtle, tangential and characterised by what can be termed as ‘radical inconclusiveness’.  

In his powerful new translation, skilfully shaped into current English, Ian Crockatt succeeds in catching Rilke’s blend of crafted sensuality and inward-focused spiritual searching, while his comprehensive introduction and notes to this selection are both informative and enlightening.

Title:Pure Contradiction: Selected PoemsFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:120 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.28 inShipping dimensions:120 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.28 inPublished:January 1, 2013Publisher:ARC PublicationsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1906570221

ISBN - 13:9781906570224

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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