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New Poems A Revised Bilingual Edition

Rainer Maria Rilke; Selected and Translated by Edward Snow

North Point Press

0865476128

9780865476127

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352 Pages

$16.00

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Here is the formative work of a legendary modernist who wrote poems about "not feelings but things I had felt."

The "new" aspect of Rilke’s New Poems, published in two volumes in 1907 and 1908, was the poet’s compression of statement and his movement away from "expression" and toward "making realities." Poems like "The Panther" and "Archaic Torso of Apollo" are among Rilke’s very best, and best known. Indeed, New Poems features dozens of such vital and lasting poetic achievements—works of importance to both the course and character of modern poetry. This selection from both books presents 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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"Rilke's work is fascinating and difficult, disturbing and beautiful. Snow's translations, I believe, do him justice."—The Virginia Quarterly

"Rilke's first great work . . . [Snow's translation] is clear, accurate, and fluent."—Stephen Mitchell

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

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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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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Rainer Maria Rilke; Selected and Translated by Edward Snow

  • Edward Snow has been translating the poetry of Rilke for over a decade, work for which he has received an Academy of Arts and Letters Award, the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets (twice), and the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. Snow is a professor of English at Rice University and is also the author of A Study of Vermeer and Inside Breughel.

    Rainer Maria Rilke was born in Prague in 1875 and traveled throughout Europe for much of his adult life, returning frequently to Paris. There he came under the influence of the sculptor Auguste Rodin and produced much of his finest verse, most notably the two volumes of New Poems as well as the great modernist novel The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge. Among his other books of poems are The Book of Images and The Book of Hours. He lived the last years of his life in Switzerland, where he completed his two poetic masterworks, the Duino Elegies and Sonnets to Orpheus. He died of leukemia in December 1926.
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