Sonnets to Orpheus, Bilingual edition

Sonnets to Orpheus, Bilingual edition

by Rainer Maria Rilke
     
 

Written with astonishing rapidity in two weeks of February 1922, Sonnets to Orpheus is a series of fifty-five brilliant and affirmative songs.

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Written with astonishing rapidity in two weeks of February 1922, Sonnets to Orpheus is a series of fifty-five brilliant and affirmative songs.

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Publishers Weekly
With acclaimed versions of The Duino Elegies and Uncollected Poems already in print, Edward Snow's historic rendering of the Rilke oeuvre gets one step closer to completion with Sonnets to Orpheus. Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) composed the first set of 26 sonnets just before completing the monumental elegies, and the second 29 just after. Rendered here without rhyme and with German facing text, Snow makes clear why the sonnets are "Sayable only by the singer./ Audible only by the god." Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Rilke's Sonnets to Orpheus (published 1923 in German) rank with the most distinguished works of modern poetry. Written in an extraordinary burst of inspiration, these poems reveal a vision of ``a mode of being in which all the ordinary human dichotomies (life/death, good/evil) are reconciled in an infinite wholeness.'' Stephen Mitchell's translations are masterful re-creations of the original, giving both precise renderings of Rilke's language and sensitive interpretations of his poetic intent. This fine dual-language edition is highly recommended. Ulrike S. Rettig, German Dept., Hervard Univ.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520010697
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/01/1961
Series:
Wesleyan Poetry in Translation Series
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
4.32(w) x 7.21(h) x 0.46(d)

Meet the Author

Edward Snow is a professor of English at Rice University. He is the recipient of an Academy of Arts and Letters Award for his Rilke translations and has twice received the Academy of American Poets' Harold Morton Landon Translation Award.

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