Sonnets to Orpheus

Sonnets to Orpheus


By (author) Rainer Rilke, Translated by Stephen Cohn

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  • Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 212mm x 20mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Manchester
  • ISBN 10: 1857544560
  • ISBN 13: 9781857544565
  • Sales rank: 1,020,609

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Rilke's "Sonnets to Orpheus" appear simple, even casual, at first reading, but have a content which resonates far beyond the familiar legend of Orpheus and Eurydice. They take in the Singing God and his beloved Eurydice; "legend" in general, along with "time", "flight" and "change"; architecture, music and dance; animals, plants, flowers and fruits. The ten letters to the officer-cadet Franz Xavier Kappus, were written between 1903 and 1908.

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RAINER MARIA RILKE (1875-1926) is widely regarded as the greatest German language poet since Goethe. Rilke worked for some time as Rodin's secretary at Meudon, and the sculptor's example lies behind the `new' bias of the poems of 1907 and 1908. These Neue Gedichte-the New Poems-are among the most accessible works by this outstanding lyric poet.