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Miscellaneous Poems 1912-1926
Translated by Michael Hamburger
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ISBN: 978 0 856463 53 2
Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Published: May 2003
216 x 138 x 6 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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Narcissus perished. From his beauty rose
Whatever left him he loved back again,
Ignorant I confront the heaven of my life,
[Draft of a poem originally intended for the Duino Elegies]
While Rilke has been perhaps more widely translated into English than any other modern poet, the emphasis has always been on ‘major works’ – the New Poems volumes, Duino Elegies and Sonnets to Orpheus. Yet Rilke produced many more poems which had little or no airing beyond the confines of his workshop. Michael Hamburger argues in his perceptive and entertaining introduction that these poems are not inferior to the poems in the collections that form the accepted corpus; rather that they merely failed to fit in with Rilke’s wish to form a definitive statement.
Praise for Rainer Maria Rilke '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 'The reader with no German can enjoy this volume from beginning to end.' - Stephen Spender 'Rilke has never "moved" so naturally into another language as he seems to do in Stephen Cohn's renderings of these poems.' - John Bayley '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 Praise for Michael Hamburger 'O'Driscoll manages to get the reader as close to Hamburger as possible in one book. It feels very much like spending a week at your grandfather's house - getting to listen to all his stories, roaming through cupboards, reading the works hidden inside.'
Dominik Szczepaniak, DURA
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