Rainer Maria Rilke

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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New Poems, 1908

Rainer Maria Rilke
North Point Press

In 1984 Edward Snow won the Harold Morton Landon Tralsation Award of the Academy of American Poets for the first volume of these translations of Rilke's...


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New Poems, 1907

Rainer Maria Rilke
North Point Press

Rilke's move to Paris in 1902 and his close association with Rodin led him to take a new direction in his poetry. Between 1906 and 1908 he produced a torrent...


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The Poetry of Rilke

Rainer Maria Rilke; Translated and Edited by Edward Snow; Introduction by Adam Zagajewski
North Point Press

For the past twenty-five years, North Point Press has been working with Edward Snow, “Rilke’s best contemporary translator” (Brian Phillips, The New Republic),...


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Sonnets to Orpheus

Rainer Maria Rilke; Translated by Edward Snow
North Point Press

Breathing, you invisible poem! World-space in pure continuous interchange with my own being. Equipose in which I rhythmically transpire. Written only...


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Letters on Cézanne

Rainer Maria Rilke; Edited by Clara Rilke; Translated by Joel Agee
North Point Press

Rilke's prayerful responses to the french master's beseeching art For a long time nothing, and then suddenly one has the right eyes. Virtually every day...


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New Poems

Rainer Maria Rilke; Selected and Translated by Edward Snow
North Point Press

The formative work of the legendary poet who sought to write "not feelings but things I had felt" When Rainer Maria Rilke arrived in Paris for the first...


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Duino Elegies

Rainer Maria Rilke; Translated from the German by Edward Snow
North Point Press

Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the angelic orders? and even if one of them pressed me suddenly to his heart: I'd be consumed in that overwhelming...


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Uncollected Poems

Rainer Maria Rilke; Translated by Edward Snow
North Point Press

Between the New Poems of 1907 and 1908 and his death in 1926, Rainer Maria Rilke published only two major volumes of poetry--the Duino Elegies and the Sonnets...


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The Book of Images

Rainer Maria Rilke; Translated by Edward Snow
North Point Press

Now substantially revised by Edward Snow, whom Denise Levertov once called "far and away Rilke's best translator," this bilingual edition of The Book of Images...


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