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The Rose Window and Other Verse from New Poems: An Illustrated Selection

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Generally regarded as the greatest lyric poet of modern Germany, Rainer Maria Rilke has long been one of America's most popular foreign-language authors. This book is a selection of 60 poems taken from one of Rilke's best-known works, the two-volume New Poems, written from 1903 to 1908. Each poem is printed in English translation opposite the original German version and is ...more
Hardcover, 149 pages
Published December 1st 1997 by Bulfinch Press (first published 1997)
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Bev
Mar 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Suddenly a shaft of moonlight
shines out fiercely, as if somewhere
the archangel had unsheathed his brilliant sword.
~from "Townscape"

I'm really working on clearing out books that have been sitting on the TBR shelves for much too long. The Rose Window & Other Verse from New Poems by Rainer Maria Rilke has been hanging out for about 10 years or so. I fell in love with Rilke's poetry in college. I went out immediately and bought myself The Complete French Poems and have read and reread those. The
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Etola
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Just finished my first collection of Rilke poetry. There's really not much I can say that would do it justice, except that it was breathtaking and incredible. Some of the poems were hard to "get," but like a gourmet meal with a complicated pallet of flavors that needs to be savored, or a fine jewel hidden in an intricate puzzle-box, the reward was rich and well worth the mental effort. His poems are the works of a man of deep thought, who approached both the transcendental and the ephemeral aspe ...more
Robert Hill
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes to be reminded of pure lyricism . . . and of how sketchy my German is . . . (thank you, bilingual edition)
Caitlin
Jul 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This was the first collection of Rilke's poems that I discovered and quickly fell in love with.
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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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“Far from the comings and goings,
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names gone too long to remember.”
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