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Sonnets to Orpheus To Rilke himself the Sonnets to Orpheus were perhaps the most mysterious in the way they came up and entrusted themselves to me, the most enigmatic dictation I have ever held through and achieved the whole first part was written down in a single breathless act of obedience, between the nd and th of February, without one word being doubtful or having to be changed With facing page German


About the Author: Rainer Maria Rilke

Rainer Maria Rilke is considered one of the German language s greatest 20th century poets His haunting images tend to focus on the difficulty of communion with the ineffable in an age of disbelief, solitude, and profound anxiety themes that tend to position him as a transitional figure between the traditional and the modernist poets.He wrote in both verse and a highly lyrical prose His two most famous verse sequences are the Sonnets to Orpheus and the Duino Elegies his two most famous prose works are the Letters to a Young Poet and the semi autobiographical The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge He also wrotethan 400 poems in French, dedicated to his homeland of choice, the canton of Valais in Switzerland.



10 thoughts on “Sonnets to Orpheus

  1. Steven Godin Steven Godin says:

    It s a shame I couldn t have read Sonnets to Orpheus in the original text, but alas, my German is not up to scratch Whilst writing in 1922 on his deeply philosophical Duino Elegies, and experiencing what he described as a savage creative storm Rilke wrote these extraordinary, darkly bewildering and joyful cycle of sonnets, 55 of them in fact, one just as good as the other, like


  2. Luís Luís says:

    Rilke s invocations to a transcendent world and the underworld recognize that Orpheus discovery of the poetic image involves the migration between these two worlds Sonnets to Orpheus are the appropriation of a myth and, like his mythological predecessor Orpheus, Rilke also learned that, despite the ability to transgress poetic singing, poetic activity is never complete For Rilke, Orpheus


  3. Jonfaith Jonfaith says:

    Even as the farmer laborsthere where the seed turns into summer,it is not his work It is Earth who gives.Despite the parched ground it is but a shade of spring outside The world appears geared to disrupt such edenic days with the distant rumble of foreign thunder and a blurred blunder on the button There were flashes here which I truly admired but not others My hazed judgement might conceal a con


  4. Marci Marci says:

    A classic, certainly But I always feel like I m missing out on most of the music when I read poetry in translation.


  5. William William says:

    Rilke s Sonnets to Orpheus were written, remarkably, in a few weeks in a kind creative overflow after finishing The Duino Elegies, a group of ten poems that took Rilke ten years to write Hearing these poems in German is a memorable experience even if you don t know the language They are little technical masterpieces, with very strong rhythmic structures, and the rhyme of a classical Petrarchian sonnet Of course, a


  6. Dylan Dylan says:

    This book was bought for me on one of the most romantic and fulfilling evenings of my short life Fresh from the Met s Orfeo ed Euridice wandering into a bookshop in the East Village, and returning home to a mind gasm of reading aloud with someone I care dearly for This collection is perfect for anyone who has loved or lost She slept the world This collection will continue to delight and haunt me for as long as I live.


  7. Mar& Mar& says:

    There is this cemetery I used to go for a walk It never felt like a cemetery, but a huge park full of tall trees and bizarre and beautiful sculptures and lazy cats One day I came back there with a friend and accidentally we crashed into a funeral A hearse, a woman crying, my friend saying that we better go, we better go, but he was too cold to feel any of that I just felt guilty to be there, to be here, to be alive I still wash my


  8. Leslie Leslie says:

    While I found some of these sonnets thought provoking, they were mostly too obscure difficult to understand for me I appreciated the translator s notes and made extensive use of them but Rilke s philosophy about death was enigmatic And the allusions to Orpheus and Eurydice were veiled to say the least While I found some of these sonnets thought provoking, they were mostly too obscure difficult to understand for me I appreciated the translat


  9. Robert Case Robert Case says:

    This book was savored, digested a few pages at a time during July and August of this summer s adventure on a bicycle bicycle across the eastern half of the country and the Transamerica Bicycle Trail In the midst of this long journey, I found Rilke s poetry to be full of possibilities and challenges, making the book an ideal companion.


  10. Adam Adam says:

    I haven t stopped reading this book since I received it as a gift in the spring of 2006 Rilke is arguably the greatest poet of the 20th century He confirms Holderlin s great words that poetry points to being itself.


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