Ahead of All Parting: The Selected Poetry and Prose of Rainer Maria Rilke (Hardcover)

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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.

About the Author

Grand poete autrichien, Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) connut de nombreuses femmes (Lou, Clara, puis la princesse Turn und Taxis, Merline?) avec qui il correspond tout au long de sa vie a travers une correspondance volumineuse, et souvent magnifique. Lou Andreas-Salome en est la principale destinatrice jusqu'a sa mort.

Stephen Mitchell's many books include the bestselling Tao Te Ching, Gilgamesh, and The Second Book of the Tao, as well as The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, The Gospel According to Jesus, Bhagavad Gita, The Book of Job, and Meetings with the Archangel.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780679601616
ISBN-10: 0679601619
Publisher: Modern Library
Publication Date: August 1st, 1995
Pages: 640
Language: English