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Neue Gedichte / New Poems
Translated by Stephen Cohn
RRP: GBP 18.95
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Price: GBP 17.05
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ISBN: 978 0 856358 79 1
Categories: 20th Century, German, Translation
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: January 1997
220 x 135 x 8 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: Paperback, Paperback
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The bars which pass and strike across his gaze
have stunned his sight: the eyes have lost their hold.
To him it seems there are a thousand bars,
a thousand bars and nothing else. No World.
And pacing out that mean, constricted ground,
so quiet, supple, powerful, his stride
is like a ritual dance performed around
the centre where his baffled will survives.
The silent shutter of his eye sometimes
slides open to admit some thing outside:
an image runs through each expectant limb
and penetrates his heart, and dies.
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), the greatest German language poet since Goethe, worked for a time as Rodin's secretary at Meudon. The sculptor's example lies behind the 'new' bias of the poems of 1907 and 1908. The Neue Gedichte are the most accessible work of this outstanding lyric poet.
John Bayley writes of these translations: 'we feel that not only has Rilke emerged in English with his personality unaltered, but that something new has been added to English poetry itself.'
This is the first paperback edition of Stephen Cohn's celebrated translations and includes the complete German language text parallel with the English.
Stephen Cohn is a sculptor, painter and printmaker. Peter Porter wrote of his translations of the Duino Elegies (Carcanet): 'Cohn has added a natural eloquence of his own which makes his versions of the Elegies the most flowing and organic of those I have read.'
'Cohn has added a natural eloquence of his own which makes his version of the Elegies the most flowing and organic of those I have read.' - Peter Porter 'Rilke has never "moved" so naturally into another language as he seems to do in Stephen Cohn's renderings of these poems.' - John Bayley 'The reader with no German can enjoy this volume from beginning to end.' - Stephen Spender
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