Originallly published as four clothbound editions ("The Roses and The Windows," "The Astonishment of Origins," "Orchards," and "The Migration of Powers"), this large paperback brings together all of Rilke's French poems, as well as his hitherto unpublished "Dedications and Fragments," in an exquisite English translation by A. Poulin, Jr.
Before Poulin's important efforts, it wasn't widely known that Rilke—often deemed one of modernity's finest writers for his work in German—also wrote over 400 poems in French. These lyrics were composed toward the end of Rilke's life, after he had produced his masterworks, "The Duino Elegies" and "Sonnets to Orpheus." Yet the French poems are entirely of a piece with Rilke's characteristic themes, subjects, moods, and images. As Poulin notes in his Preface: "The French lyrics [are] small poems of careful attentiveness to the things of this world [and] to the elusive states of being in which the world is poetically transformed."
About the Author :
Rainer Maria Rilke has contributed to The Complete French Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke as an author.
One of the most widely read modern poets, Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) first became known and respected with the publication of "The Book of Hours", when he was in his twenties. He is now most famous for his "Letters to a Young Poet", published during the same time, which continues to inspire generations of writers.
|Title:||The Complete French Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke||Publisher:||Graywolf Press|
|Author:||Rainer Maria Rilke, A Poulin, W D Snodgrass|
|No. of Pages:||367|
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