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The Sonnets of Rainer Maria Rilke

  • By Rainer Maria Rilke, Rick Anthony Furtak
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Romano Guardini described Rainer Maria Rilke as the "poet who had things of such importance to say about the end of our own age [and] was also a prophet of things to come." The complexity of Rilke is, then, "highly relevant to modern Man." Decades after Guardini's assessment, the reader who rediscovers Rilke will find a depth of mind and soul that display a profundity the post-modern reader only thinks he possesses.

In an expanded collection of Rilke's sonnets, Rick Anthony Furtak not only makes this lyrical masterpiece accessible to the English reader, but he proves himself a master of sorts as well. His introduction that elaborates on Rilke's marriage of vision and voice, intention and enigma, haunted companionship and abandonment is a stand-alone marvel for the reader. Furtak's praised translation of Sonnets to Orpheus (University of Chicago Press, 2008) is surpassed in this much broader collection of verse that also includes the original German text. It is Furtak's great achievement that Rilke resonates with the contemporary reader, who uncertain and searching wants to believe that the vision of existence can mirror much more than his own consciousness. In his feat of rendering Rilke in English, contextualizing the philosophical meanings of verse, and presenting literary romanticism, Furtak provides a formidable contribution to the vindication of true poetic voice.

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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9781587318450
    • Manufacturer: St Augustines Pr Inc
    • ISBN 13: 9781587318450
    • Publication Date: 03/31/2022
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: Rainer Maria Rilke
    • Author: Rick Anthony Furtak
    • Width: 1.00 inches
    • Height: 1.00 inches
    • Length: 1.00 inches
    • Weight: 0.06 pounds

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