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The Poetry of Rilke by Rainer Maria Rilke
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Nov 05, 09

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Read in October, 2009

It is tempting, as William H. Gass writes in Reading Rilke (Basic Books), to organize Rainer Maria Rilke’s life story around the several themes that obsessed and stalked him, particularly the image of the Rose. As it was for his contemporary Yeats, and many poets before and after them both, roses were the source and object of many of Rilke’s most brilliant poems and metaphors, including one of his finest lyric works, “The Bowl of Roses.” However, to think of Rilke's life in terms of his own mythologies is to fall into the trap of choosing aesthetics over facts, gloss over content.

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