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- DescriptionThe formative work of the legendary poet who sought to write t feelings but things I had felt When Rainer Maria Rilke arrived in Paris for the first time in September 1902, commissioned by a German publisher to write a mograph on Rodin, he was twenty-seven and already the author of nine books of poems. His early work had been accomplished, but belonged tonally to the impressionistic, feeling-centered world of a late-nineteenth-century aesthetic.Paris was to change everything. Rilke's interest in Rodin deepened and his enthusiasm for the sculptor's art of living surfaces set the course for his own pursuit of an objective ideal. What was new about Rilke's New Poems, published in two independent volumes in 1907 and 1908, is a compression of statement and a movement away from expression and toward making realities. Poems such as The Panther and Archaic Torso of Apollo are among the most successful and famous results of Rilke's impulse.This selection from both books unites the companion volumes in a torrent of brilliant work intoxicated with the materiality of the world. Edward Sw has w improved upon the translations for which he received the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award and with which he began his twenty-year project of translating Rilke.
- Author BiographyEdward Snow has received the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award and the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation for his many renderings of Rilke. The author of A Study of Vermeer and Inside Breughel, he teaches at Rice University.
- Author(s)Rainer Rilke
- PublisherNorth Point Press
- Date of Publication01/12/2001
- SubjectPoetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
- Place of PublicationBerkeley, California
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintNorth Point Press
- Weight431 g
- Width140 mm
- Height210 mm
- Spine25 mm
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