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“If Rilke cut himself shaving, he would bleed poetry.” — Stephen Spender (The New York Review of Books)
“Rilke remade the sturdy sonnet, recast the sonorous song. He quickened the German language itself.” — Rika Lesser (The Nation)
“One of the pillars of twentieth century poetry.” — Choice
“Poets in English continue to line up for the inevitable failure of translating his [Rilke’s] short lyrics. The best translations I have seen are from Babette Deutsch.” — Clive James (Slate)
“An important text in the best available translation, presented in an edition nearly as striking as its contents.” — David Shook (Molossus) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) is considered one of the greatest poets who ever wrote in the German language. His most famous works are Sonnets to Orpheus, The Duino Elegies, Letters to a Young Poet, and The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge. His collected work is comprised of hundreds of other poems, essays, plays, and stories.