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Rilke: Poems (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets)

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The Everyman's Library Pocket Poets hardcover series is popular for its compact size and reasonable price which does not compromise content. Poems: Rilke contains poems from The Book of Images; New Poems; Requiem for a Friend; Poems, 1906-1926; French Poems; The Life of Mary; Sonnets to Orpheus; The Duino Elegies; Letters to a Young Poet; and an index of first lines.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 22nd 1996 by Everyman's Library (first published 1918)
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Kasandra
Jul 02, 2013 Kasandra rated it it was amazing
I. Should. Not. Write. Again. Ever.

BUT YOU SHOULD READ THIS (especially, if, like me, you first read Rilke as a lovesick teenager writing horrible poetry and liked his work okay, and didn't think about him again for years)...
Chris
Jul 02, 2013 Chris rated it did not like it
I didn't get it. Seriously. Or...maybe I did, and I'm totally underwhelmed.

I loved Rilke's "Letters To a Young Poet", and that's what made me want to look his poems up. Did I pick the wrong selection? I kept feeling like each poem started building momentum to reach significance, but I was robbed of my expectation each and every time. Only one poem that really seemed to reach me (The Dog), which was incredible. One! Could Rilke be too much of a romantic/surrealist to appeal to me? It was all so
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Jenna
Jul 02, 2013 Jenna rated it really liked it
If you're a fan of Rilke, you'll enjoy this compact book of his poems. The book contains poems from: The Book of Images; New Poems; Requiem for a Friend; Poems, 1906-1926; French Poems; The Life of Mary; Sonnets to Orpheus; The Duino Elegies; Letters to a Young Poet; and an index of first lines. My personal favorite is the French Poems, especially "Child in Red". To have a multitude of his poems from various books compiled into one creates an interesting view of Rilke's work as a whole.
Friedrick
Jul 02, 2013 Friedrick rated it liked it
My rating reflects my view of the relative merit of the translations. Frankly, I don't care for J.B. Leishman's translations, although they're better than some of the bizarre renderings others have put out.
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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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