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Das Stundenbuch

4.46  ·  Rating Details ·  3,587 Ratings  ·  247 Reviews
'Ich habe Hymnen, die ich schweige' das eigene Ich und die mögliche Existenz Gottes in Worte zu fassen und begreifbar zu machen, ist das große Thema der Literatur um 1900. Aus der Anbetung Gottes in den Stundenbüchern des Mittelalters wird bei Rilke die Suche nach Gott und der eigenen Identität. Sein wichtigstes Frühwerk entstand vor dem Hintergrund seiner Erfahrungen in d ...more
Paperback, 1. Aufl., 110 pages
Published 1996 by Suhrkamp (first published 1905)
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Dec 04, 2013 Meredith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
My favorite poem of Rilke's is found in this book. I first read it in the bathroom of the Video Saloon where it had been written with sharpie in the first stall.

"I am praying again, Awesome One"
(Ich bete wieder, du Elauchter)

You hear me again, as words
from the depths of me
rush toward you in the wind.

I’ve been scattered in pieces,
torn by conflict,
mocked by laughter,
washed down in drink.

In alleyways I sweep myself up
out of garbage and broken glass.
With my half-mouth I stammer you,
who are eternal i
Jennifer Locke
Oct 16, 2014 Jennifer Locke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Read this book several years ago and decided that I had to own it, mainly for this poem:

I live my life in widening circles
that reach out across the world.
I may not complete this last one
but I give myself to it.

I circle around God, around the primordial tower.
I've been circling for thousands of years
and I still don't know: am I a falcon, a storm,
or a great song?
Dec 04, 2013 Caroline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Whoa. Whoa.

I read a checked-out library copy of this book, but about halfway through I realized that I was going to need to own it. Still working on that. But thanks to Rilke, I finally understand the point of poetry. Don't get me wrong - I've appreciated poetry before, like the imagery it evoked or the cadence it gave or whatever. But THIS. Well, just refer to the first two words of the review.

I found this stuff profound. In almost every poem I found a stanza or thought that would just stop me
Jan 05, 2009 Zinta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The task of a translator, I think, has always been unappreciated. It is a demanding one, a task that can never be done to the perfection it begs. Language is a living, breathing thing, and it holds within it an entire culture, and in that culture, an entire people, and within these people, an entire world. It is not possible to withdraw one such world and make it fit into the shape of another.

Yet if we are to even try to understand one another, the many of us on this earth and our ways, then tr
Dec 03, 2015 Zanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First read 2006

There is very little pre-modern poetry that I am able to read myself, (though I can often appreciate it being recited) and I am not sure whether it's Rilke's genius or Babette Deutsch's musical, mainly free verse translation that makes these poems so beautiful, so perfectly clear and direct, like a mountain spring rolling over your toes, like a smooth cool pebble dropped into your hand.

As an atheist I have to interrogate myself and work hard for a meaningful interpretation when I
I live my life in widening circles
that reach out across the world
I may not complete this last one
but I give myself to it

I love the dark hours of my being.
My mind deepens into them.

There I can find, as in old letters,
the days of my life, already lived,

and held like a legend,
and understood.

I'm slipping, I'm slipping away
like sand

slipping through fingers. All
my cells

are open, and all
so thirsty. I ache and swell

in a hundred places, but mostly
in the middle of my heart

I want to die. Leave me
May 21, 2013 ايمان rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
مبدع ريلكه توليفة رائعة من الرومانسية و الانطباعية أحيانا أجد شيء من السريالية..اقرأ دون أحكام مسبقة فقط دع ريلكه يقودك لما يريده.
Omar BaRass
Oct 13, 2012 Omar BaRass rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
أعتقد وبرأي المتواضع أن كاظم جهاد وفق كثيراً في ترجمة هذا الكتاب. واعتماده على دراسة وقراءة غيرالد شتيغ مفيد حقاً في شرح أشعار ريلكه... لي عودة لإعادة قراءة أشعار وشروحات أعتقد أنها مهمة... المرة القادمة سأطبق طريقتي السابقة مع أشعار بوشكين, بأن أخصص لها يوم أو يومين في الأسبوع.
Jul 07, 2015 Nahed.E rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: شعر-غربي
أنا فاصل سكون بين نغمتين
لا تتوافقان إلا علي مضض
لأن نغمة الموت تريد أن تكون هي الأقوي
لكنهما تتصالحان في النهاية
في الفاصل المظلم ذاك
ويظل الغناء عذباً
ريلكه .. هذا الشاعر غريب الأطوار الذي يقولون عنه أن وردة صغيرة قتلته!
حقاً .. فلقد كان في حديقته وقطف وردة ثم سرعان ما اكتشف أنه اُصيب بتسمم ما.. وتوفي بعد ذلك بمدة صغيرة
والغريب في الأمر أن الوردة عنصر أساسي في قصائدة فكثيراً ما تراه يتحدث عنها في صورة فلسفية جميلة
ريلكه ..شاعر هادئ في حواره
فلا تشعر بالصخب والضجيج .. حتي صراخه
Rema Mohamd
أليف هذا الكتاب و ماتع ،
ظلّ ينتظر في المكتبة لأعوام ..
أخيراً إلتفتّ إليه ، ربما لأَنِّي تصفحته بعد الشراء
و لم أفهم كثيره ،
و لا زلت .. ربما .
أحببت تقديم المترجم ..
و التمهيد الملهم لحياة ريلكه ،،

قصائدي المفضلة هي الأخيرة بالطبع ،،
الحج و التي تليها ..
تحفظي على فكر الكاتب ..
وأحببت رقة رؤيته للأشياء..

طبعاً القصائد المترجمة لا تصل كما يصل الحرف ب لغته،
لكن جهد واضح للمترجم ، يُشكر .
Nov 05, 2015 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Now the hour bows down, it touches me, throbs
metallic, lucid and bold:
my senses are trembling. I feel my own power -
on the plastic day I lay hold.

Until I perceive it, no thing was complete,
but waited, hushed, unfulfilled.
My vision is ripe, to each glance like a bride
comes softly the thing that was willed.

There is nothing too small, but my tenderness paints
it large on a background of gold,
and I prize it, not knowing whose soul at the sight,
released, may unfold . . .


You, neighbour God, if sometim
Erika B. (SOS BOOKS)
Well I loved these poems so I won't say much! Instead I'm just going to write my favorite parts. That will make for a very long post! :D

"I am the yearning for good." -Hildegard Von Bingen

We become so accustomed to you,
we no longer look up
when your shadow falls over the book we are reading
and makes it glow. For all things
sing you: at times
we just hear them more clearly.

Ich bete wieder, du Erlauchter
I am praying again, Awesome One.

You hear me again, as words
from the depths of me
rush toward
Jun 29, 2015 Dillon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read Rilke's Book of Hours a number of years ago, and just recently picked it up again. I'm not a deeply spiritual person, and I'm far from religious, but the imagery and emotion in these poems resonated with me immediately. Rilke does not write of God or Christianity as we see them around us today, but rather about a more primitive, naturalist, personal, spiritual sense of the divine. Written as the 19th century bled into the 20th, Rilke speaks to the encroaching darkness of an increasi ...more
Dec 09, 2008 Miriam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry

Du, Nachbar Gott, wenn ich dich manchesmal

You, God, who live next door–

If at times, through the long night, I trouble you
with my urgent knocking–
this is why: I hear you breathe so seldom.
I know you’re all alone in that room.
If you should be thirsty, there’s no one
to get you a glass of water.
I wait listening, always. Just give me a sign!
I’m right here.

As it happens, the wall between us
is very thin. Why couldn’t a cry
from one of us
break it down? It would crumble

it would barely make a sound.
Mar 04, 2011 Tia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-poets
I came upon an old, now out-of-print edition of this (with a stained glass window on the cover...) in a library years ago, and almost wept among the stacks. I do not know what I feel about God...I subscribe to no formal religion at present, though I find myself uttering prayers now and again, or earnestly thanking *something* under my breath, so perhaps my half-belief is what causes these words to move me so, still. But perhaps it is the profound HUMANITY to be found in Rilke's lines, alongside ...more
Tuqa Mohammad
Jun 19, 2016 Tuqa Mohammad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
مجموعه ريلكه الشعريه الدسمه ، رافقتني على مدى أكثر من شهر تقصدت في إطالة المدة ، في شعر ريلكه شيء من سحر الأَخَاذ فعند الانتهاء من كل صفحه أتوقع هناك ما هو أجمل ينتظرني في الصفحات القادمة
لا أعلم سر تلك الصوفيه في شعره ،احيانا كانت تترائ لي ستارة و هذا ما ذكره المترجم في هامش قصيدة ما ، و احيانا اخرى أجده شعرا صوفيا لا شك فيه ..
Stephen Roach
Oct 11, 2014 Stephen Roach rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those works that bears a seed of eternity within it. I keep coming back to these poems again and again and each time I am moved beyond myself. my perspective on what it means to relate to God and the world we live in widens over and again.
Alan Chen
Sep 29, 2016 Alan Chen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, books-i-own
I have the abridged version translated by Babette Deutsch. These poems are beautiful, gentle meditations on God (a topic that I normally detest) but in Rilke's hands they are humble, well-wrought sentiments upon a humanistic God. This God that Rilke marvels upon is the not the hail and brimstone God of the old testament, rather it is a mutable God that grows and changes as we grow and change and loves humanity as deeply as we love him back. It's less a testament to God and more so an appreciatio ...more
J L Kruse
Dec 04, 2013 J L Kruse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, classics
It is, honestly, daunting approaching a book as timeless, and personal, and profound as "Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God". Written without the initial intention for publication, inspired by Rilke's experience of Italian Renaissance religious art in Tuscany, and his intimate relationship with Lou Andreas-Salome (she had called Rilke "the first true reality" in her life), there is a meditative melancholy to Rilke's verses that make them almost gritty, in a way, alternately praising his in ...more
Dec 25, 2014 Sul6an rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

كانت دهشةً القراءة لهذا الشاعرِ ، فأبداً لم أتوقع أن أجِد هذه النبرة الصوفية الحلولية العالية . كلُّ القصائد التي سبقت ديوان " كتاب الساعات " لم تكن بتلك القوة ، بل بعضها كان ساذِجاً إذ كتبها ريلكه و هو في شبابِه ، أما " كتاب الساعات " فكان قمةً في النضج و القوة و تعدادِ الموضوعات ما بين تصوفٍ و ازدراءٍ للزمن الحديثِ و رفعٍ للفقراءِ و غيرها . الجديرُ بالذكر هو جهد المترجم الكبير ، مابينَ ترجمة القصائد بلغةٍ بديعةٍ ، و مابين شروحاتٍ و هوامشَ مُنيرةٍ للكثير من القصائد ، عدا المقدمة الممتازة جداً ع
First of all, I have to clarify: I'm not a student of the English language or poetry, so my feelings for these poems, like most of us, are truly from my personal perspective. From the those poems that we all had to read in school, and the few that I occasional encounter here or there, I have never been affected as deeply as the writing of Rainer Maria Rilke. Since Rilke wrote in German, it's a wonder how English translations of his works still affect me so deeply and effortlessly.

This edition ce
Mar 29, 2015 K8 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I live my life in widening circles
I love the dark hours of my being
You, God, who live next door
If only for once it were still.
I read it here in your very word
You, darkness, of whom I am born,
I believe in all that has never yet been spoken
I'm too alone in the world, yet not alone enough
You see, I want a lot
She who reconciles the ill-matched threads
I am, you anxious one
Your first word of all was light
You come and go. The doors swing closed
You many assaulted cities
Only in our doing can we grasp yo
Roger DeBlanck
Nov 11, 2016 Roger DeBlanck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
The Book of Hours does everything great poetry is supposed to do. It breaks your heart while also lifting your spirit. It mourns the world while also finding ways to celebrate it. Rilke is a poet who takes in all emotions in his quest to understand his higher self. He knows where there is despair, hope is waiting to burst through. He sees that for every sorrow, an equal force of rapture waits to be embraced. If the day feels like it is slipping away, he looks for any chance to seize it back. Whe ...more
Feb 20, 2016 خُزامَى rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
هذا الكتاب يضع روح ريلكه بين يديك..أشعار غنائية روحانية صوفية ..و كلها مناجاة روح تائهة تبحث عن خالقها..عن ظله و الاستقرار بقرب نوره.

منذ عامين و أنا مغرمة بهذا الشاعر..و أنا لم أقرأ له غير قصائد مفرقة..لا أعلم ما السبب في أنه يشدني إليه، و يجبرني على فهمه..و غالبا لا أفهمه .
معظم الترجمات لقصائده معقدة..أو باﻷحرى غامضة.
لكن الحق أن كاظم جهاد اجتهد كثيرا لأعمال ريلكه..و أخرجها رائعة...هذا الكتاب تحديدا و بمشاركة لزميله غيرالد شتيغ مهد دراسة لتاريخه و اعتبرتها بمثابة سيرة ذاتية لعالم ريلكه..و سكيولو
This is a wonderful researcher's volume of the Book of Hours. For them, I give this volume five stars. Lots of front matter before the poems explain who Rilke was, the times he was living in, etc. However, as a volume of poetry, it doesn't work that well. For that, I'd give it three stars. I have this on my Kindle, so that may influence the way it reads, but, at least on Kindle, don't buy this version if you just want to get the overall flavor of the Book of Hours. Each English version of the po ...more
John Kulm
May 21, 2009 John Kulm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I see why his work is loved. Here are three of the many passages I liked:

I love the hours when I’m blue, depressed,
my senses sharpened and I wide awake;
for then I have found, as in letters of late,
my future life lived out like stories
and lived out at best.
These hours give me assurance that I have
the room for a second, much fuller life.

You see I want much.
Perhaps I want it all:
the dark that goes with any bottomless fall
and the sun-speckled climbing up.

I can’t believe this death spells drea
Mais Habib
أنهيته في ساعتين ونصف، وصدقًا لم يشعل فيّ الرغبة للتلذذ بالكلمات وتكرار القراءة مرة ومرتين لأشعر بالعمق.
الكتاب عبارة عن قصائد متفرقة لريلكه، وثلاثة دواوين له؛ الساعات، الحج، الفقر والموت.
وبنظري أن ديوان الساعات -منفردًا- هو "ذروة" شعر الكاتب، ولو أردت تقييمه منفردًا فسأعطيه ثلاث نجوم، لأنه كان يصف ذات الشاعر، الأنا فيه كانت واضحة وصريحة وكان يصدح بذاته كلما سمحت له الفرصة، أما الحج والفقر والموت فكان ظهور ذات الشاعر قليل وسلبي، بل ويكاد أن يكون معدوم..

لم أحبه، قرأت اقتباسات لريلكه دفعتني لقرا
Feb 16, 2015 Liz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant meditations on mystery, our responsibility to create, what it means to see and seek God, responsibility to the poor, the worth in poverty, what we find in nature, the corruption of cities, and the mind (which, Rilke writes, "fabricates itself."). I dog-ear my books like a madwoman, but probably none so much as this book, the page corners of which are almost entirely folded down. Highly recommended for anyone interested in spirituality.
May 19, 2009 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A friend loaned me this right before I was caught with insomnia in a haunted attic. I read it through three times that night- and believe it's one of those books that found me a the perfect time.

"Maybe you don't know what the nights are like for people who can't sleep. They all feel guilty..."

Honest and original.
Aug 16, 2009 M rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity, poetry
The Book of Hours in other translations is definitely worth the read, however, this translation is unadulterated rubbish. Find a M.D. Herter Norton or Edward Snow versions if you plan to dive into this.
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“I live my life in widening circles that reach out across the world.” 1442 likes
“I am too alone in the world, and yet not alone enough
to make every moment holy.
I am too tiny in this world, and not tiny enough
just to lie before you like a thing,
shrewd and secretive.
I want my own will, and I want simply to be with my will,
as it goes toward action;
and in those quiet, sometimes hardly moving times,
when something is coming near,
I want to be with those who know secret things
or else alone.
I want to be a mirror for your whole body,
and I never want to be blind, or to be too old
to hold up your heavy and swaying picture.
I want to unfold.
I don’t want to stay folded anywhere,
because where I am folded, there I am a lie.
and I want my grasp of things to be
true before you. I want to describe myself
like a painting that I looked at
closely for a long time,
like a saying that I finally understood,
like the pitcher I use every day,
like the face of my mother,
like a ship
that carried me
through the wildest storm of all.”
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