Selected Poems of Rilke, Bilingual Edition
These poems, selected from Das Buch der Bilder and the two parts of Neue Gedichte, show Rilke's deep concern with sculpture and painting. Written in his less mystical period (1900-1908), the poems exhibit Rilke's particular artistic and poetic power. Rainer Maria Rilke was one of Germany's most important poets. His influences include the paintings of the Worpswedders and the French Impressionists, the sculpture of Rodin (to whom he was both friend and secretary), and the poetry of Baudelaire, Verlaine, Mallarme, and other symbolists. His poetry is innovative, enigmatic, and entertainingly idiosyncratic. C.F. MacIntyre's translations are both true to the original and poetic in their own right, and in each book he includes an introduction and notes. German text faces the English translation.
- Paperback | 160 pages
- 108 x 184 x 13mm | 136g
- 22 May 2001
- University of California Press
- Berkerley, United States
- First Edition, Bilingual ed.
Back cover copy
Strange violin, are you following me? In how many towns when I am alone your lonely night has called to mine? Do hundreds play you, or only one?
from The Neighbor
from The Neighbor
Table of contents
INTRODUCTION From Das Buch Der Bilder Eingang / Initiation Ritter / The Knight Der Wahnsinn / The Angels Aus einer Kindheit / From a Childhood Der Nachbar / The Neighbor Der Einsame / The Solitary Klage / Lament Einsamkeit / Solitude Herbsttag / Autumn Day Erinnerung / Memory Ende des Herbstes / End of Autumn Herbst / Autumn Abend / Evening Ernste Stunde / Solemn Hour Strophen / Strophes Das Lied der Waise / The Song of the Waif Aus einer Sturmnacht [VI und VIII] / From a Stormy Night [VI and VIII] FromNeue Gedichte: Erster Teil Fruher Apollo / Early Apollo Opfer / Oblation Buddha / The Buddha Der Panther / The Panther Die Gazelle / The Gazelle Romische Sarkophage / Roman Sarcophagi Der Schwan / The Swan Ein Frauenschicksal / A Woman's Fate Blaue Hortensie / Blue Hydrangeas Vor dem Sommerregen / Before the Summer Rain Letzter Abend / The Last Evening Die Kurtisane / The Courtesan Die Treppe der Orangerie / The Steps of the Orangery Das Karussell / The Merry-Go-Round Spanische Tanzerin / Spanish Dancer From Neue Gedichte: Anderer Teil Archaisher Torso Apollos / Torso of an Archaic Apollo Leda / Leda Der Alchimist / The Alchemist Die Irren / The Insane Eine von den Alten / One of the Old Ones Eine Welke / Faded Romische Campagna / Roman Campagna Die Parke [I und VII] / The Parks [I and VII] Die Laute / The Lute Don Juans Kindheit / Don Juan's Childhood Dame auf einem Balkon / Lady on a Balcony Ubung am Klavier / Piano Practice Die Flamingos / The Flamingos Der Einsame / The Solitary Das Kind / The Child Der Kaferstein / The Scarab Buddha in der Glorie / The Buddha in the Glory NOTES
"Here are translations that are close to the original, and are English, and are poetic. Few English translations from the German have all these qualities at once." -New York Herald Tribune"
About Rainer Maria Rilke
C.F. MacIntyre (d.1967) was well known as a translator. In addition to works by Rilke, he translated Goethe's Faust and many of the French symbolists: Nerval, Baudelaire,Verlaine, Corbiere, Mallarme, Rimbaud, Laforgue, and Valery. His volumes of original poems include The Black Bull, Cafes and Cathedrals, and Poems.