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Uncollected Poems

Uncollected Poems

Bilingual Edition

Rainer Maria Rilke; Translated by Edward Snow

North Point Press


Edward Snow's selection of more than one hundred of Rainer Maria Rilke's little-known and neglected poems in this bilingual edition offers the reader a glimpse into one of the most powerful and underrated accomplishments in all of modern poetry. The poems in Uncollected Poems reveal a freer, more dangerous, less self-fashioning Rilke than the poet of the Elegies and the Sonnets; and Snow's translations of them, while always scrupulously faithful to the German, bring Rilke's power and music into English with unmatched grace and intelligence.

PEN Literary Award Winner

Praise for Uncollected Poems

“A splendid achievement . . . Snow has not only outdone the power and refinement of his fine versions of the New Poems in a manner that deploys remarkably well-tuned diction and supple syntax. He has also given us the added benefit of his judicious selection and editorial commentary. These poems have never been done so beautifully in English: for readers without German, they will be great discoveries; for those who have known some of them previously, they will deepen their resonance.” —John Hollander

“It is wonderful to have a whole new (and sizable) volume of Rilke poems given us by Edward Snow, who is far and away Rilke's best contemporary translator one who never imposes his own personality or idiosyncrasies of style between us and the original, but gives to it that respect which proves him worthy of the task.” —Denise Levertov


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Rainer Maria Rilke; Translated by Edward Snow

Edward Snow has translated Rilke's The Book of Images and the two volumes of Rilke's New Poems, for which he won the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award given by the Academy of American Poets. He is also the author of Inside Bruegel and the acclaimed A Study of Vermeer. He is a professor of English at Rice University.

Rainer Maria Rilke

North Point Press

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