Selected Poems with parallel German text by Rainer Maria Rilke
Edited by Robert Vilain, Translated by Susan Ranson, and Marielle Sutherland
- A wide-ranging selection from the poetry of one of the leading poets of European Modernism, in new translation and with critically informed introduction and notes.
- The only bilingual edition to include such a broad range of poems.
- A comprehensive anthology containing representative selections from all Rilke's major verse collections and including the Duino Elegies and the Sonnets to Orpheus in their entirety.
- Powerful translations that are both highly accurate and true to Rilke's poetic characteristics.
- Invaluable and critically up to date introduction that charts the development of Rilke's aesthetics and poetic practice and situates him within the development of Modernism.
- Chronology, Select Bibliography, and Explanatory Notes that identify people and places, and include key commentary by Rilke from letters or notes.
'Nowhere, beloved, can world be but within us'
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) is one of the leading poets of European Modernism, and one of the greatest twentieth-century lyric poets in German. From The Book of Hours in 1905 to the Sonnets of Orpheus written in 1922, his poetry explores themes of death, love, and loss. He strives constantly to interrogate the relationship between his art and the world around him, moving from the neo-romantic and the mystic towards the precise craft of expressing the everyday in poetry.
This bilingual edition fully reflects Rilke's poetic development. It contains the full text of the Duino Elegies and the Sonnets to Orpheus, selected poems from The Book of Images, New Poems, and earlier volumes, and from the uncollected poetry 1906-26. The translations are accurate, sensitive, and nuanced, and are accompanied by an introduction and notes that elucidate Rilke's poetic practice and his central role in modern poetry.
Selected Poems with parallel German text by Rainer Maria Rilke - Readership:
Poetry lovers, readers and students of modern poetry, German literature, twentieth-century poetry, cultural studies, Modernism, comparative literature, literary translation