Rilke on Love and Other Difficulties: Translations and Considerations

Rilke on Love and Other Difficulties: Translations and Considerations

Paperback Language: English / German

By (author) Rainer Rilke, Translated by John J.L. Mood

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 144 pages
  • Language: English / German
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 196mm x 10mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 16 March 1994
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393310981
  • ISBN 13: 9780393310986
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Sales rank: 46,276

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Here is a mini-anthology of poetry and prose for both aficionados and those readers discovering Rainer Maria Rilke for the first time. John J. L. Mood has assembled a collection of Rilke's strongest work, presenting commentary along with the selections. Mood links into an essay passages from letters that show Rilke's profound understanding of men and women and his ardent spirituality, rooted in the senses. Combining passion and sensitivity, the poems on love presented here are often not only sensual but sexual as well. Others pursue perennial themes in his work-death and life, growth and transformation. The book concludes with Rilke's reflections on wisdom and openness to experience, on grasping what is most difficult and turning what is most alien into that which we can most trust.

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Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) is considered one of the greatest poets who ever wrote in the German language. His most famous works are Sonnets to Orpheus, The Duino Elegies, Letters to a Young Poet, and The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge. His collected work is comprised of hundreds of other poems, essays, plays, and stories.

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"Wild stuff." Shaun Whiteside, The Guardian

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Here is a mini-anthology of poetry and prose for both aficionados and those readers discovering Rainer Maria Rilke for the first time. John J. L. Mood has assembled a collection of Rilke's strongest work, presenting commentary along with the selections.