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Description - Sonnets to Orpheus by Rainer Rilke

Breath, you invisible poem! Pure exchange unceasing between the great ether and our existence. Counterweight in which I rhythmically occur. -from Sonnets to Orpheus 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520229228
ISBN-10: 0520229223
Format: Paperback
(184mm x 114mm x 13mm)
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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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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