Willis Barnstone Translator. I sonetti a Orfeo. Testo tedesco a fronte Paperback. Franco Rella Editor. Published August 1st by W. Rainer Maria Rilke.
Duineser Elegien Die Sonette an Orpheus
Published January 1st by W. Herter Norton Translator. Published June 24th by Wesleyan University Press. David Young Translator.
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Stephen Mitchell Goodreads Author Translator. Sonetos a Orfeo Paperback. Sonnets to Orpheus, Bilingual Edition Paperback. Published May 22nd by University of California Press. MacIntyre Translator. Die Sonette an Orpheus Hardcover. To compensate for the lack of rhyme, Rilke employed rhetoric.
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By changing word order even more extremely than normally permitted in German, by ingenious repetition, inversions and all other aspects of rhetoric, Rilke succeeded in making his prose co-equal to his poetry. Thus, the second purpose of this webpage is to point out the rhetorical resources Rilke incorporated, also by using traditional footnotes. At the end of each footnote, I have provided a shortened definition of the rhetorical, literary and sometimes the grammatical terms mentioned to simplify their understanding.
My main purpose is not to explain or interpret the Elegien themselves, but often the translation of an especially elusive passage involves forming an interpretation. The final sections of the Elegien , in which he summarizes the main themes, tend to be most problematic. The Duineser Elegien were published in by the Insel Verlag in two formats. There was a luxury edition Vorzugsausgabe in an edition of copies, which is considered the first edition, since it was published shortly before the trade edition of 10, copies.
The two editions are virtually identical in content, so I will be using the trade edition. Due to Rilke's symbolism, this book doesn't represent an easy read, at all. His exquisite lyricism and the images he described left me in awe. Mostly because while reading Rilke, I wasn't reading anyone else.
I am certainly not an expert but I found his poetical melody quite unique. I must say, I haven't read something so beautifully strange since my encounter with Rimbaud. It is a cruel norm established by one merciless being: tormented souls are the ones that can bring beauty to everything they touch. While purging themselves, they convert their sorrow into beautiful images that delight every reader willing to be taken for an intrepid journey without knowing the destination.
Perhaps, it is a cruel norm. Or a blessing in disguise. A blessing that transforms a man into an artist, something that lets him live without drowning in a loud sea of despair. The last two elegies are brilliantly written. And yet, I think there is still so much mystery surrounding these verses. Mystery I hope I can unveil the next time I read this book. Notes: -This is a bilingual edition, so those who speak German will be able to appreciate Rilke's magnificent poetry without the intervention of another person. View all 34 comments.
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 I've never really liked poetry unless I'm teaching it because only then do I take the time to appreciate it.
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 so shocking that he can't even sleep View all 6 comments. May 25, Debbie Hu rated it it was amazing.
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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. View 1 comment. It seems wrong to mark this as "read", as I don't think I will ever be done with it. There is infinity here. 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.
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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 I dragged these Elegies with me for a long time, never really warming to them. From early on in life we wrap ourselves in inadequate intellectual categories, shielding the World from us by a motley collection of objects and a unidirectional sense of time.
And where we see the future, it sees all time and itself within all time, forever healed. And how bewildered is any womb-born creature that has to fly. As if terrified and fleeing from itself, it zigzags through the air, the way a crack runs through a teacup. So the bat quivers across the porcelain of the evening. Wir ordnens. Wir ordnens wieder und zerfallen selbst. What an unforgettable, sober and acute articulation of our human predicament … There are many felicities and moving stanzas in the other elegies as well. Strange to see meanings that clung together once, floating away in every direction.
And being dead is hard work and full of retrieval before one can gradually feel a trace of eternity. It strikes me almost as pure gobbledegook. But then the Sixth and Seventh Elegies form a moving triptych with the Eighth, my favourite. Rilke muses on the human condition filtered through the archetypes of the hero and those who die young. Unser Leben geht hin mit Verwandlung … Also the Ninth Elegy has a lot to offer: Aber weil Hiersein viel ist, und weil uns scheinbar alles das Hiesige braucht, dieses Schwindende, das seltsam uns angeht.
Uns, die Schwindendsten. Us, the most fleeting of all. And Rilke continues: Ein Mal jedes, nur ein Mal. Ein Mal und nichtsmehr. Und wir auch ein Mal. Nie wieder. Aber dieses ein Mal gewesen zu sein, wenn auch nur ein Mal: irdisch gewesen zu sein, scheint nicht wiederrufbar. The Tenth Elegy remains a riddle to me. We drove to Duino, to experience the ambience in which Rilke composed these poems.
It truly is a magical place, with the cliffs perched high above the Adriatic. 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.
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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 A constant companion. For these final poems to the Angel and to Orpheus, Lorca's poem "Abajo" might serve as the best commentary: El espacio estrellado se refleja en sonidos.
Lianas espectrales. The expansiveness of starspace reflects itself in sounds. Phantasmatic creepers. Labyrinthine harp. Dec 10, metaphor rated it really liked it Shelves: poetry , rainer-maria-rilke. I need mindfulness training from Rilke.
These works were channeled, born of the sea winds and castle rock, the words on reach to angels call; I choose to read them that way, too. They should be reread as many times at different times, and then maybe. So, no review just praise of a reader. This is a beautiful book. I find it very surprising that this somewhat new 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 This is a beautiful book.
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 these poems. I can't comment on the translation of these poems since this is the only time I've read them. Stephen Mitchell has also translated every other book of Rilke's that I've read.
He is, apparently, The man to turn to for translations of Rilke's work. I found these highly intense, powerful poems inspiring and they renewed my belief in, and fascination with the idea of the "muse. The Endnotes, some of which are made up of Rilke's letters, add a whole other layer to the poems as well. This is an incredible book, an important book, and it will remain very close to me. 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 Extraordinary.
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