The Essential Rilke

Paperback | September 5, 2000

byGalway Kinnell, Hannah Liebmann

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German poet Rainer Maria Rilke(1875-1926) enjoys ever-increasing popularity.  His Duino Elegies is considered on of the greatest long poems of the twentieth century.  Yet translations from his native German have always presented challenges: the elusiveness of Rilke's imagery, the playful way he both distorts and subverts his own language, and the depth and complexity of his poetry make it difficult for translators to preserve the beauty and meaning of the original text.  In his stunning bilingual selection that includes the entire Duino Elegies as well as a number of favorite and less familiar shorter poems, Galway Kinnell and Hannah Liebmann manage to retain power and grace of Rilke's words.  Throughout his poetry, Rilke addresses questions of how to live in and relate to a world in a voice  that is simultaneoulsy prophetic and intensely personel.  These translations offer new insight into this enigmatic German poet whose work will continue to be read and admired throughout the world.

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He was not only one of the greatest German poets, he was one of the all-time greatest poets. The Essential Rilke is a collection of the famous and lesser-known poems by Rainer Maria Rilke. It includes “Duino Elegies,” the best long poem from the 20th century, and many others in this bilingual edition. These poems will give readers ...

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German poet Rainer Maria Rilke(1875-1926) enjoys ever-increasing popularity.  His Duino Elegies is considered on of the greatest long poems of the twentieth century.  Yet translations from his native German have always presented challenges: the elusiveness of Rilke's imagery, the playful way he both distorts and subverts his own langua...

Galway Kinnell is the Erich Maria Remarque Professor of Creative Writing at New York University.His Selected Poems won thePultizer Prize and the National Book Award in 1982.His most recent volume of peoms is Imperfect Thirst.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.4 inPublished:September 5, 2000Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780060956547

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He was not only one of the greatest German poets, he was one of the all-time greatest poets. The Essential Rilke is a collection of the famous and lesser-known poems by Rainer Maria Rilke. It includes “Duino Elegies,” the best long poem from the 20th century, and many others in this bilingual edition. These poems will give readers a strong understanding of why they continue to stand the test of time. Hannah Liebmann accurately translates these poems, making this the perfect introduction to the works of Rilke.

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"Smoothly elegant and unhurriedly paced, [these translations] seem almost effortless, yet they resonate with lyrical intensity and allusive brio.... It would be hard to come away from The Essential Rilkewithout a profound sense of who this great early modernist poet was and what he had to say (and say beautifully) of the self and the world." (The San Diego Union Tribune)