“If Rilke cut himself shaving, he would bleed poetry.”
“Rilke remade the sturdy sonnet, recast the sonorous song. He quickened the German language itself.”
“One of the pillars of twentieth century poetry.”
“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.”
“An important text in the best available translation, presented in an edition nearly as striking as its contents.”
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About the Author
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.