New Poems: A Revised Bilingual Edition

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The formative work of the legendary poet who sought to write "not feelings but things I had felt"

When Rainer Maria Rilke arrived in Paris for the first time in September 1902, commissioned by a German publisher to write a monograph on Rodin, he was twenty-seven and already the author of nine books of poems. His early work had been accomplished, but belonged tonally to the impressionistic, feeling-centered world of a late-nineteenth-century ...

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Overview

The formative work of the legendary poet who sought to write "not feelings but things I had felt"

When Rainer Maria Rilke arrived in Paris for the first time in September 1902, commissioned by a German publisher to write a monograph on Rodin, he was twenty-seven and already the author of nine books of poems. His early work had been accomplished, but belonged tonally to the impressionistic, feeling-centered world of a late-nineteenth-century aesthetic.

Paris was to change everything. Rilke's interest in Rodin deepened and his enthusiasm for the sculptor's "art of living surfaces" set the course for his own pursuit of an objective ideal. What was "new" about Rilke's New Poems, published in two independent volumes in 1907 and 1908, is a compression of statement and a movement away from "expression" and toward "making realities." Poems such as "The Panther" and "Archaic Torso of Apollo" are among the most successful and famous results of Rilke's impulse.

This selection from both books unites the companion volumes in a torrent of brilliant work intoxicated with the materiality of the world. Edward Snow has now improved upon the translations for which he received the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award and with which he began his twenty-year project of translating Rilke.

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"Snow may be the best translator that Rilke has ever had." --Brian Phillips, The New Republic

Brian Phillips
Snow may be the best translator that Rilke has ever had. —The New Republic
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865476127
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Language: German
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 720,396
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward Snow has received the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award and the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation for his many renderings of Rilke. The author of A Study of Vermeer and Inside Breughel, he teaches at Rice University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Early Apollo 9
Love Song 11
Eranna to Sappho 13
Sappho to Eranna 15
Sappho to Alcaeus 17
Funeral Monument of a Young Girl 21
Sacrifice 23
Eastern Aubade 25
Abishag 27
David Sings Before Saul 31
Joshua's Council 35
The Departure of the Prodigal Son 39
The Olive Garden 41
The Song of the Women to the Poet 45
Buddha 47
L'Ange du Meridien 49
The Cathedral 51
The Rose Window 53
The Capital 55
Morgue 57
The Prisoner 59
The Panther 63
The Gazelle 65
The Unicorn 67
Saint Sebastian 69
The Donor 71
The Angel 73
Roman Sarcophagi 75
The Swan 77
The Poet 79
A Woman's Fate 81
The Convalescent 83
The Grown-up 85
Tanagra 87
Going Blind 89
In a Foreign Park 91
Parting 93
Death Experienced 95
Blue Hydrangea 97
Before the Summer Rain 99
In the Drawing Room 101
Last Evening 103
Portrait of My Father as a Young Man 105
Self-Portrait from the Year 1906 107
The King 109
The Last Count of Brederode Evades Turkish Captivity 111
The Courtesan 113
The Stairs of the Orangery 115
Buddha 117
Roman Fountain 119
The Carousel 121
Spanish Dancer 123
The Tower 127
The Square 129
Quai du Rosaire 131
The Island 133
Tombs of the Hetaerae 137
Orpheus, Eurydice, Hermes 141
Alcestis 149
Birth of Venus 155
The Bowl of Roses 161
Archaic Torso of Apollo 183
Cretan Artemis 185
Leda 187
The Island of the Sirens 189
Lament for Antinous 191
The Death of the Beloved 193
A Prophet 195
Jeremiah 197
A Sybil 199
The Last Judgment 201
The Alchemist 203
Crucifixion 205
Adam 207
Eve 209
Lunatics in the Garden 212
The Lunatics 213
The Beggars 215
Foreign Family 217
Corpse-Washing 219
One of the Old Ones 221
The Blind Man 223
Faded 225
Communion 227
The Site of the Fire 229
The Group 231
Snake-Charming 233
Black Cat 235
The Balcony 237
Emigrant Ship 239
Landscape 241
Roman Campagna 243
Song from the Sea 245
Night Drive 247
Parrot Park 249
Portrait 251
Venetian Morning 253
Late Autumn in Venice 255
San Marco 257
A Doge 259
The Lute 261
Corrida 263
Don Juan's Childhood 265
Don Juan's Election 267
Lady at a Balcony 269
Encounter in the Chestnut Avenue 271
Piano Practice 273
Woman in Love 273
The Rose Interior 277
Lady Before Her Mirror 279
The Sundial 281
Opium Poppy 283
The Flamingos 285
Persian Heliotrope 287
Lullaby 289
The Pavilion 291
Pink Hydrangea 293
The Coat of Arms 295
The Bachelor 297
The Solitary 299
The Reader 301
The Apple Orchard 303
Mohammed's Summoning 305
The Mountain 307
The Ball 309
The Child 311
The Dog 313
The Beetle Stone 315
Buddha in Glory 317
Index of Titles and First Lines in German 319
Index of Titles and First Lines in English 325
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