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The Unknown Rilke
Selected Poems
Rainer Maria Rilke

FIELD Translation Series

Oberlin College Press
1990 • 176 pp. 5 x 7 1/2"
Poetry - European

$15.95 Paperback, 978-0-932440-56-3

Trans. from the German

Rilke's importance to the history of literature in the twentieth century is based on the power and memorability of his lyrics, and on his successful struggle to articulate a new vision of the human relation to the rest of creation. Wright’s brilliant translations of some of Rilke’s neglected poems are now widely admired. They are here enhanced by an additional selection and a new introduction by the translator.

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From the Book:

Autumn Evening

Wind from the moon,
abrupt shudder of trees
and a leaf drifting down, groping.
Through the in-between spaces
of feeble street lamps
the distance’s dark landscape forces its way
into the flickering city.

RAINER MARIA RILKE was born in Prague in 1875. After a motley education at military and business schools and at Prague’s Charles University, he traveled in Europe, Russia, Egypt, and Tunsinia. In addition to Sonnets to Orpheus, Rilke’s works include the Duino Elegies, The Book of Pictures, Poems from the Book of Hours, New Poems, and The Notebook of Malte Laurids Brigge. Rilke died in 1926.

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