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Translated by Edward Snow Winner of the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award. Rilke's move to Paris in 1902 and his close association with Rodin led him in a new direction in his poetry. Between 1906 and 1908 he produced a torrent of brilliant work that he published in two volumes under the title Neue Gedichte: "New Poems." As translator Edward Snow writes, these books " ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 1st 1990 by North Point Press (first published December 1964)
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Cassandra
Many of these poems are quite amazing in translation, and as it is a bilingual edition, it was possible to look over at the German and get a sense for the original flow; many of them were rhymed but I think Snow made the right decision in not forcing that into the English versions. It is nice to be able to query phrases that seem a little off; I had an enjoyable time putting one of my favourites ("The Olive Garden") into Google translate in the German and seeing what it came up with.

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Jennifer
Rilke, to me, is the pinnacle of what poetry can achieve. And I don't even speak German! Of all the volumes of his work, somehow these speak to me the most. It was at this point in his career that his style had matured... the succinctness and yet the gradual unfolding of meaning in these poems... they truly astound me.

Of every translation I have seen, Snow's is the strongest. He is something of a poet himself. I cannot recommend this highly enough... but be warned it may alter you irrevocably.
Jesús
Algunos poemas, y algunos versos o detalles dentro de otros, me parecieron sencillamente excelentes. Otros no me llegaron tanto. De ahí que no le ponga más estrellas.
Laura-nassidesa Eschbaugh
This is an excellant collection of poems, the translations true to what Rilke wrote. I have read snatches of some of these works but it is wonderful to have the whole collection
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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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