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Duino Elegies: A New and Complete Translation

Duino Elegies: A New and Complete Translation

Author Rainer Maria Rilke, Alfred Corn (Translated by)
Publisher W. W. Norton and Company
Publication Date April 13, 2021
Section New Titles - Paperback / Poetry
Type New
Format Paperback
ISBN 9781324005407

A new translation of Rilke’s classic elegies—ten mystical, radiant poems that bring together the beautiful and the sacred.

Rainer Maria Rilke’s Duino Elegies are one of the great literary masterpieces of the twentieth century. Begun in 1912 while the poet was a guest at Duino Castle on the Adriatic Sea and completed in a final bout of feverish inspiration in 1922, the ten elegies survey the mysteries of consciousness, whether human or animal, earthly or divine. Poet and translator Alfred Corn brings us closer to Rilke’s meaning than ever before and illuminates the elegies’ celebration of life and love. Also included are a critical introduction exploring the nuances of the translation, several thematically linked lyrics, and two of the “Letters to a Young Poet” to complete the volume.

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), the author of Sonnets to Orpheus and Letters to a Young Poet, was one of the greatest poets of the German language. Alfred Corn is a poet, novelist, and essayist. The recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim, and the National Endowment for the Arts, he lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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