Stepping into a violent wind atop a seaside cliff, Rilke heard amidst the storm the first line of his immortal Duino Elegies: ''Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the angels' hierarchies?'' No poet of this century has written with such rigor, honesty and lyricism about man's volatile and desirous relationship with ideal love and beauty. Rilke's poems and prose are songs sung against our separate, distracted waking lives, pulling us through the innate longing that unites us all. Mitchell's translations, musical and compelling, capture Rilke's liltingly crooning voice that draws us out of ordinary existence and into the quiet eye of the storm, where beauty and terror are intwined so perfectly it's as though a single compassionate voice whispering wisdom in verse is enough to sustain a human life. Included in this anthology are selections from The Book of Hours, The Book of Pictures, New Poems, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge
, other uncollected prose and poetry, and The Duino Elegies
and Sonnets to Orpheus
in their entirety.
An Eighth Day View:
Presents a collection of the twentieth-century German poet's collected and uncollected works, as wel...