The reputation of Rainer Maria Rilke has grown steadily since his death in 1926; today he is widely considered to be the greatest poet of the twentieth century. This Modern Library edition presents Stephen Mitchell s acclaimed translations of Rilke, which have won praise for their re-creation of the poet s rich formal music and depth of thought. ...
The reputation of Rainer Maria Rilke has grown steadily since his death in 1926; today he is widely considered to be the greatest poet of the twentieth century. This Modern Library edition presents Stephen Mitchell s acclaimed translations of Rilke, which have won praise for their re-creation of the poet s rich formal music and depth of thought. If Rilke had written in English, Denis Donoghue wrote in "The New York Times Book Review, " he would have written in this English. "Ahead of All Parting "is an abundant selection of Rilke s lifework. It contains representative poems from his early collections "The Book of Hours "and "The Book of Pictures; "many selections from the revolutionary "New Poems, "which drew inspiration from Rodin and Cezanne; the hitherto little-known Requiem for a Friend; and a generous selection of the late uncollected poems, which constitute some of his finest work. Included too are passages from Rilke s influential novel, "The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, "and nine of his brilliant uncollected prose pieces. Finally, the book presents the poet s two greatest masterpieces in their entirety: the "Duino Elegies "and "The Sonnets to Orpheus." Rilke s voice, with its extraordinary combination of formality, power, speed and lightness, can be heard in Mr. Mitchell s versions more clearly than in any others, said W. S. Merwin. His work is masterful. "
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