In fifty-five sonnets, Rilke plays an astonishing set of philosophical and sensual variations on the Orpheus myth. 'Praising, that's it!' he declares; nature, art, love, time, childhood, technology, poverty, justice - all are encompassed in poems that spark with insight and invention, amongst the joyful and light-footed that Rilke ever wrote. 'All poetry resists translation, and one poem may have many different versions in another language; what I look for first is clarity, and this version supplies that generously.
With the presence of the German text and Crucefix's helpful notes, the English-speaking reader with little or no German will find in this version a welcoming entrance to the path which leads eventually to a full understanding - if a full understanding of this mysterious poetry is ever possible.
This translation will have, and keep, a place on my shelves where all the poetry lives.' PHILIP PULLMAN
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 142 pages
- Publisher: Enitharmon Press
- Publication Date: 01/10/2012
- Category: Poetry by individual poets
- ISBN: 9781907587221