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- DescriptionWe have a marvelous, almost legendary, image of the circumstances in which the composition of this great poem began. Rilke was staying at a castle (Dui) on the sea near Trieste. One morning he walked out on the battlements and climbed down to where the rocks dropped sharply to the sea. From out of the wind, which was blowing with great force, Rilke seemed to hear a voice: Wer, wenn ich schriee, horte mich denn aus der Engel Ordnungen? (If I cried out, who would hear me up there, among the angelic orders?). He wrote these words, the opening of the first Dui Elegy, in his tebook, then went inside to continue what was to be his major work and one of the literary masterpieces of the century.
- Author BiographyRainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) is considered one of the greatest poets who ever wrote in the German language. His most famous works are Sonnets to Orpheus, The Duino Elegies, Letters to a Young Poet, and The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge. His collected work is comprised of hundreds of other poems, essays, plays, and stories.
- Author(s)Rainer Maria Rilke
- PublisherWW Norton & Co
- Date of Publication30/06/2006
- LanguageEnglish & German
- SubjectPoetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintWW Norton & Co
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight230 g
- Width137 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Translated byM. D. Herter Norton,David Young
- Edition StatementA Bilingual Edition
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