Sonnets to Orpheus by Rainer Rilke
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Sonnets to Orpheus
By Rainer Rilke

Sonnets to Orpheus

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Translated by C. F. MacIntyre See other recent books by C. F. MacIntyre
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Sonnets to Orpheus by Rainer Rilke

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Written with astonishing rapidity in two weeks of February 1922, when Rilke was finally completing the Duino Elegies that had occupied him intermittently for a decade, Sonnets to Orpheus is a series of fifty-five brilliant and affirmative songs. It is in a sense a spontaneous creative dividend generated by a larger work. Because the sonnets were written only four years before Rilke's death, they belong properly to his final and philosophic period, and offer a sharp and striking contrast to the less mystical Das Buch der Bilder and Neue Gedichte. Rainer Maria Rilke was one of Germany's most important poets. His influences include the paintings of the Worpswedders and the French Impressionists, the sculpture of Rodin (to whom he was both friend and secretary), and the poetry of Baudelaire, Verlaine, Mallarme, and other symbolists. His poetry is innovative, enigmatic, and entertainingly idiosyncratic. C.F. MacIntyre's translations are both true to the original and poetic in their own right, and in each book he includes an introduction and notes. German text faces the English translation.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520229228
ISBN-10: 0520229223
Format: Paperback
(184mm x 114mm x 12mm)
Pages: 159
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 16-May-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Letters on God and Letters to a Young Woman by Rainer Rilke Letters on God and Letters to a Young Woman, Paperback (May 2012)

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Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Rilke Letters to a Young Poet, Paperback (April 2012)

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Author Biography - Rainer Rilke

C.F. MacIntyre (d.1967) was well known as a translator. In addition to works by Rilke, he translated Goethe's Faust and many of the French symbolists: Nerval, Baudelaire,Verlaine, Corbiere, Mallarme, Rimbaud, Laforgue, and Valery. His volumes of original poems include The Black Bull, Cafes and Cathedrals, and Poems.

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