Rilke's great cycle of ten elegies, perhaps his most profound poetic achievement, had its inception on the morning of January 21, 1912, but was interrupted by the First World War and not completed until a decade later. The Duino Elegies are not only the result of an extraordinary kind of contact with the unseen world; they are an attempt to understand that world in its holistic relationship to the visible, tangible world. This powerful rendering of the cycle is a product of the collaboration between a poet, Norris, and a Germanist, Keele.
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About the Author
Rainer Maria Rilke was born in Prague, Bohemia, in December 1875, In 1897 he had an affair with Louise Andreas (neA(c) von Salome), who was to remain a friend and influence on him throughout his life. In 1901, he married the sculptor Clara Westhoff and later that year their daughter Ruth was born, though the family lived in poverty. Rilke later went to Paris to meet the sculptor Rodin, a meeting that greatly influenced his own writings. He died in December 1926 at Valmont of leukemia.