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Translated from the German by Alfred de Zayas, this is the first complete translation of the Larenopfer into English. Bilingual edition. This translation of the Larenopfer, or offerings to the household god Lar, are songs that Rilke sings to his hometown Prague and to his beloved Bohemia, short poems on the parks, fountains, churches, bridges and palaces of Prague, as well ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published December 1st 2004 by Red Hen Press (first published January 1st 1896)
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Jan 14, 2015 Ana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Ich weiß ein Mädchen, eingefallen
die Wangen. – War ein leichtes Tuch
die Mutter; und des Vaters Fluch
fiel in ihr erstes Lallen.

Die Armut blieb ihr treu die Jahre,
und Hunger war ihr Angebind;
so ward sie ernst. – Das Lenzgold rinnt
umsonst in ihre Haare.

Sie schaut die lächelnden Gesichter
der Blumen traurig an im Hag
und denkt: der Allerseelentag
hat Blüten auch und Lichter.
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Rainer Maria Rilke is considered one of the German language's greatest 20th century poets.

His haunting images tend to focus on the difficulty of communion with the ineffable in an age of disbelief, solitude, and profound anxiety — themes that tend to position him as a transitional figure between the traditional and the modernist poets.

He wrote in both verse and a highly lyrical prose. His two mos
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