Rilke on Love and Other Difficulties: Translations and Considerations

By Rainer Maria Rilke

An anthology of Rilke's most powerful poetry and prose for either aficionados and new readers.

here's a mini-anthology of poetry and prose for either aficionados and people readers learning Rainer Maria Rilke for the 1st time. John J. L. temper has assembled a set of Rilke's most powerful paintings, providing observation in addition to the decisions. temper hyperlinks into an essay passages from letters that exhibit Rilke's profound figuring out of guys and girls and his ardent spirituality, rooted within the senses.

Combining ardour and sensitivity, the poems on love awarded listed here are frequently not just sensual yet sexual in addition. Others pursue perennial issues in his work―death and lifestyles, progress and transformation. The e-book concludes with Rilke's reflections on knowledge and openness to event, on greedy what's such a lot tricky and turning what's so much alien into that which we will be able to so much trust.

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