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The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke by Rainer Maria Rilke
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Jan 24, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: poetry

I've worn this book out. Stephen Mitchell's translations of Rilke are still the ones I prefer. They eschew Rilke's original meters and rhyme structures in favor of capturing his precise images and moods. Other translations attempt the rhymes but seem awkward, and still others seem little more than pale, New Agey impressions of the orignals. I wish there was a complete Mitchell translation of the Book of Hours, but if you love poetry and have not read Rilke, this will be a wonderful introduction to the greatest of modern German poets.
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