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Os Sonetos a Orfeu/As Elegias de Duíno

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As Elegias e os Sonetos de Rilke representam um furacão de espírito e coração! e contam com uma tradução que procurou conservar o ritmo grave que Rilke imprimiu às elegias, sem testar interpretar a obra. Os sonetos conservam na medida do possível, sua rima e métrica, tendo uma versão um pouco mais livre da obra do autor.

Com a presente obra, o leitor brasileiro, amante de
Paperback, bilingual, 192 pages
Published 2002 (first published 1923)
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Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who's turned us around like this,
so that whatever we do, we always have
the look of someone going away? Just as a man
on the last hill showing him his whole valley
one last time, turns, and stops, and lingers -
so we live, and are forever leaving.


When was the last time you look at the stars? Feeling the bittersweet breeze of the night in your face. A face only illuminated by the distant light of the stars. Alone with your thoughts, feeling you can do anything. Go anywhere.
This book is an inv
Adam Floridia
I've never really liked poetry unless I'm teaching it because only then do I take the time to appreciate it. Yet, even without deep analysis so many poems can elicit immediate visceral responses to poignant imagery and intense emotion. For that reason, I've decided to make this Jameson's bedtime reading :-)

Different poems have different effects on his slumber:

Some cause him to think deeply


Others drive him into hiding


Some inspire a triumphant cheer


And others he just fucking hates


Finally, some are
Debbie Hu
May 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yesterday our campus bookstore had a sale and so I went and bought books including this one. Then instead of doing math homework I laid in the grass and read Rilke out loud to myself for two hours. I didn't mind that my throat got dry after a while.
Oct 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, mythology
A constant companion.

Rilke's verse has been attempted by many a translator (Edward Snow and Stephen Mitchell are favorites), but not one has truly approached the master himself. For the Greeks, the poet was a "maker" (poeites) who coaxed new creations out of language. Rilke does not merely create from language; he recreates language itself, bending the rigid German language into fluid shapes, startling sounds. For these final poems to the Angel and to Orpheus, Lorca's poem "Abajo" might serve as
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lonelier now, dependent on one another
utterly, though not knowing one another at all,
Does it really exist, Time, the Destroyer?
Are we really as fate keeps trying to convince us,
weak and brittle in an alien world?
Silent friend of many distances, […]
Let your presence ring out like a bell
into the night.
More than we experienced has gone by.
All is far - and nowhere does the circle close.
I dragged these Elegies with me for a long time, never really warming to them. As a collection they strike me as too disjointed. The centerpiece for me are the Eighth, Sixth and Seventh Elegies, in that particular order. The Eighth is a masterful poem in which Rilke articulates his worldview in a sober, almost didactic tone. We, human beings, are never able to get in touch with the Ding-an-sich, with what Rilke calls 'the Open'. From early on in life we wrap ourselves in inadequate intellectual ...more
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I need mindfulness training from Rilke.
Jeffrey Bumiller
This is a beautiful book. I find it very surprising that this somewhat new (2009) book marks the first time these two works have been collected together, considering how strongly Rilke felt about them working in tandem. I find the story of the genesis of these poems almost as interesting as the poems themselves: Rilke's years of depression, his experience in WWI, the somewhat exotic location of their composition, all culminating in Rilke's "hurricane of the spirit" and the feverish completion of ...more
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It seems wrong to mark this as "read", as I don't think I will ever be done with it. There is infinity here.
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I am neither a Rilke expert or German linguist but, from what little I know, Stephen Mitchell's translations here are exquisite. Rilke's poems are notoriously difficult to capture in other languages, and the Elegies and Sonnets are no exception. However, Mitchell not only takes each line into consideration, he also accounts for the whole of each piece. It is clear that his translations are thoughtful and intelligent, emotional and trustworthy. Within this, Rilke's poems themselves
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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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“Our own heart always exceeds us.” 5 likes
“Praise the world to the angel, not what can’t be talked about.
You can’t impress him with your grand emotions. In the grand cosmos
where he so intensely feels, you’re just a novice. So show
him some simple thing shaped for generation after generation
until it lives in our hands and in our eyes, and it’s ours.
Tell him about things. He’ll stand amazed, just as you did
beside the ropemaker in Rome or the potter on the Nile.
Show him how happy a thing can be, how innocent and ours;
how even grief’s lament purely determines its own shape,
serves as a thing, or dies in a thing — and escapes
In ecstasy beyond the violin.”
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