Ahead of All Parting: The Selected Poetry and Prose

Ahead of All Parting The Selected Poetry and Prose The reputation of Rainer Maria Rilke has grown steadily since his death in today he is widely considered to be the greatest poet of the twentieth century This Modern Library edition presents Step

  • Title: Ahead of All Parting: The Selected Poetry and Prose
  • Author: Rainer Maria Rilke Stephen Mitchell
  • ISBN: 9780679601616
  • Page: 460
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The reputation of Rainer Maria Rilke has grown steadily since his death in 1926 today he is widely considered to be the greatest poet of the twentieth century This Modern Library edition presents Stephen Mitchell s acclaimed translations of Rilke, which have won praise for their re creation of the poet s rich formal music and depth of thought If Rilke had written in EnThe reputation of Rainer Maria Rilke has grown steadily since his death in 1926 today he is widely considered to be the greatest poet of the twentieth century This Modern Library edition presents Stephen Mitchell s acclaimed translations of Rilke, which have won praise for their re creation of the poet s rich formal music and depth of thought If Rilke had written in English, Denis Donoghue wrote in The New York Times Book Review, he would have written in this English Ahead of All Parting is an abundant selection of Rilke s lifework It contains representative poems from his early collections The Book of Hours and The Book of Pictures many selections from the revolutionary New Poems, which drew inspiration from Rodin and Cezanne the hitherto little known Requiem for a Friend and a generous selection of the late uncollected poems, which constitute some of his finest work Included too are passages from Rilke s influential novel, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, and nine of his brilliant uncollected prose pieces Finally, the book presents the poet s two greatest masterpieces in their entirety the Duino Elegies and The Sonnets to Orpheus Rilke s voice, with its extraordinary combination of formality, power, speed and lightness, can be heard in Mr Mitchell s versions clearly than in any others, said W S Merwin His work is masterful.

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    • Rainer Maria Rilke Stephen Mitchell

      Rainer Maria Rilke is considered one of the German language s greatest 20th century poets His haunting images tend to focus on the difficulty of communion with the ineffable in an age of disbelief, solitude, and profound anxiety themes that tend to position him as a transitional figure between the traditional and the modernist poets.He wrote in both verse and a highly lyrical prose His two most famous verse sequences are the Sonnets to Orpheus and the Duino Elegies his two most famous prose works are the Letters to a Young Poet and the semi autobiographical The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge He also wrote than 400 poems in French, dedicated to his homeland of choice, the canton of Valais in Switzerland.

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    • At one point, I must have had every Rilke book that was translated into English. He is simply amazing. I ended up bequeathing the collection to a friend, who also felt the same about him. This book has been a wonderful companion and is always close at hand. I love the translations and the inter-paginated German and English. It has all of his major works, including Sonnets to Orpheus and The Duino Elegies. It also has plenty of poems, prose, and tons of great end-notes from his personal letters. [...]


    • This is honestly the best thing I have ever read. It took me forever to get through it because I kept stopping to highlight lines on every page. It's a masterpiece. A freaking masterpiece, I'm telling you.


    • This is the first book in my life that I read cover to cover twice in a row, and there is still more depth to explore. I read every line, let it sink into my mind and arouse emotion fully. I believe this is called surrender. Rilke is a very obvious existentialist. There is a fundamental quality to his writing and to his topics that make each metaphor matter.Beware - he does not think of angels in the Christian sense, nor does he speak of God in the Christian sense. However I felt I was able to e [...]


    • This is Stephen Mitchell's translation. I wish I could read the original. So far, I prefer Mitchell's translations to others I have read.I especially liked the prose translations.I'd like to hear other thoughts re: whose translations of Rilke are "best" and why.



    • If you read no other selection of Rilke's poetry, read this one. The selection is comprehensive, and Mitchell's translations are outstanding.


    • This is one of my desert-island books I first encountered Rilke in 1984 He is my poet of poets and Stephen Mitchell's translations are unsurpassed.


    • I keep this on my desk at work and dip in several times a week instead of mindless computer browsing. For that reason, I may be "currently reading" it for some time. Dual language edition, so an excellent way to continue to read in German, plus lose little in translation.




    • I need to stop adding poetry to my list on the basis of one line I saw on tumblr. I'm almost certain these poems are better in German but they were a little flat and repetitive in English.


    • Simply the most compelling poetry I've come across thus far. Alongside each translation is the original poem in German, which is quite satisfying to read, even if just for the rhythm and timbre. Steven Mitchell, as always, presents what seems like a sensitive and confident translation. While I don't speak German, the unique power of most of these poems seem so particular to a individual's creative flair. Even if the overwhelmingly positve reviews of Mitchell's translation are wrong, and the tran [...]


    • This translation of Rilke is first class and the selection of writing unparalleled. It has all the classics as well as lesser known fragments and prose - it gives a rare glimpse into the breath of Rilke's work. There are still some poems where the translation doesn't quite capture the original meaning, however that will always be the case and because it's dual text, you can read both the German and the English. I love always dipping into it and finding something new. One of my favourite books wi [...]


    • "Yes, the springtime were in need of you. Often a starwaited for you to espy it and sense its light.A wave rolled toward you out of the distant past,or as you walked below an open window,a violin gave itself to your hearing.All this was trust. But could you manage it?Were you not always distraught by expectation,as if all this were announcing the arrivalof a beloved? (Where would you find a placeto hide her, with all your great strange thoughtscoming and going and often staying for the night?)"


    • Beautiful Beautiful BeautifulRilke makes my mind feel full while I puzzle out meanings and emotions and connections that change with every line I read. One day I'm learning German just to read it without translation.


    • Lovestruck poetry at its finest. Admonishingly adorned with prescient, melancholy observation transmogrified into solemnly amorous combinations of symbols; Rilke's poetry and prose is sad, intelligent and, a common result of the partnership of those two qualities, beautiful.








    • this man saved my life in 1999. love him. haven't read this yet but knowing it has been in my collection has been more than a comfort even still. love him. bedtime reading


    • Stephen Mitchell translation. I don't read Rilke too often nowadays but Archaic Torso of Apollo is one of my favorite poems. There is a very nice introductory essay as well.







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