In Praise of Mortality

In Praise of Mortality

Selections From Rainer Maria Rilke's Duino Elegies and Sonnets to Orpheus

Book - 2005
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"Rainer Maria Rilke's poetry is among the finest lyrical verse of the last century. His Sonnets to Orpheus and Duino Elegies, most of which were written simultaneously in February 1922, were mutually inspired and deserve to be read together. And so they are presented together here, alongside the original German."
"In Praise of Mortality illumines certain themes threading through these beloved works that speak directly to our world today. The poet's passion for the natural world and his grasp of impermanence, loss, and death are significant for our time. He writes of the wisdom and solace to be found when we stop denying our inseparability from a fragile and threatened world. He warns of the powers and dangers of industrial technology, which deprive us of imagination and community, while giving us an illusion of control over life and death. Rilke's is a voice we need to hear in a world filled with tragedy: his poems bring a better understanding of how our mortality lends beauty and potency to our capacity to love."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, ©2005.
ISBN: 9781573223034
Call Number: 831.912 RILKE
Characteristics: 155 pages ; 22 cm
Subjects: Poetry.


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