Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God

Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God


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Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God by Rainer Maria Rilke


The 100th Anniversary Edition of a global classic, containing beautiful translations along with the original German text.

While visiting Russia in his twenties, Rainer Maria Rilke, one of the twentieth century's greatest poets, was moved by a spirituality he encountered there. Inspired, Rilke returned to Germany and put down on paper what he felt were spontaneously received prayers. Rilke's Book of Hours is the invigorating vision of spiritual practice for the secular world, and a work that seems remarkably prescient today, one hundred years after it was written.

Rilke's Book of Hours shares with the reader a new kind of intimacy with God, or the divine—a reciprocal relationship between the divine and the ordinary in which God needs us as much as we need God. Rilke influenced generations of writers with his Letters to a Young Poet, and now Rilke's Book of Hours tells us that our role in the world is to love it and thereby love God into being. These fresh translations rendered by Joanna Macy, a mystic and spiritual teacher, and Anita Barrows, a skilled poet, capture Rilke's spirit as no one has done before.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594481567
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/01/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 80,172
Product dimensions: 7.92(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Anita Barrows, a prize-winning poet and a clinical psychologist, is the author of four books of her own poetry and the recipient of an NEA grant as well as the Quarterly Review of Literature's Contemporary Poetry Award. She has been a professional translator for more than thirty years.

Joanna Macy is a scholar of systems theory and Buddhist thought, and a student of German. Also a spiritual teacher and ecologist, she has spoken at the White House about ecology and spirituality.

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Rilke's book of hours: love poems to god 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is absolutely gorgeous poetry and inspiring to read. The words flow remarkably, in spite of translation, and Rilke has a way of making the words move your heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Haplessly, this publication is an affront to the venerable legacy of Rilke. A myriad poems have been truncated, or superfluously emended, simply because Rilke's poetry smacks of piety that might corrupt twenty-century readers? This is not the voice of Rilke.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has been my introduction to Rainer Maria Rilke. The poems (addressed to God) and their translations are wonderful, and the prefatory matter adds to their impact. The facing-page bilingual format makes the paper version easier to read than the e-book.
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