Manual A Year with Rilke: Daily Readings from the Best of Rainer Maria Rilke

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Write a customer review. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. A Year with Rilke: Daily Readings from the Best of Rainer Maria Rilke Rilke is one of those names that have kept coming up for me in my reading through the years, like Jung or Blake, one of those touchstone names. Off and on I've tried reading Rilke in various translations I don't read German.

I own 8 or 10 books on him. I dip a toe or a foot in, but have found him a singularly difficult poet to like and enjoy. Impressive maybe, but generally cold and imposing, with a strange, Teutonic, convoluted syntax. I happened on Joanna Macy and Anita Barrow's translation of Rilke's "Book of Hours" and liked it, was intrigued with it, but it's one short volume. When this volume came out, I hemmed and hawed about spending the money on such a doubtful chance, but in fact this book has proven a pleasure and even a treasure. I cannot speak to the translation's "accuracy.

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For accuracy, Stephen Mitchell's is the standard, although the intricacies of Rilke's originals are legend. But Mitchell's translation has never warmed me. So, of course the present volume isn't organized for students. But this Macy-Barrow verse is a real pleasure to read. It is written in free verse with a clear and slightly --enjoyably-- feminine warmth to it. And essentially, it lets me see clearly the depths of Rilke's spirituality.

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Independent of religious traditions, Rilke, I see now for myself, saw profoundly and with great originality into the depths in human matters far and wide. I thought such a large collection might be too much for me. In fact --now-- I really appreciate the size. The daily excerpts are easily taken in, and I love that I can roam over the great range of this poet's work. On the other hand, this book makes a lovely gift.

Hardcover, the paper jacket has the most beautiful portrait of Rilke I have ever seen painted by Boris Pasternak's father on Rilke's trip to Russia. Clearly this book is a labor of love. A wonderful gift to me, and I imagine to others who have stumbled in reading him.

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Beautifully compiled, it's an ingenious way to get to know Rilke in bite sized pieces. You truly get a feel for who he is as a writer, and human, both of whom are exceptional. He is deeply humane, and compassionate, while still understanding, and considering all aspects of human nature.

I will never loan out or give away his books, as they're is always more to discover. In some ways he reminds me of Borges. I would love to have lunch with the both of them someday. I knew little of Rilke's poetry or writings except from his thoughts and poetry quoted in other works. I think volume is an excellent way to daily read a small selection from a variety of his work in order to become acquainted with Rilke's work which describes often the transcendence and limitations of this world.


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I am looking forward to working through the book one day at at time in The book jacket and entire layout book itself is attractive and small enough to easy to carry. One person found this helpful. I have had this several months now. There is good variety and good depth to the editors choices of poems and prose. I have tried to get into Rilke head on, as it were, by reading the big collected editions. And I love that. But some days I just like to have the experience delivered to me already cut, dried and wrapped up for me to enjoy.

I can't spead to the accuracy of the translations, but they are quite lyrical and poetic. The idea is to read one page a day, every day, for the full year. I have kept the book next to my bed to read, and did so most evenings. Occasionally I had to read two or three — or even ten - pages to catch up.

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The excerpts are each so small and so easily read, and sometimes I would read the same poem over and over again, trying to let it soak into my soul. Occasionally the reading for the day was so uncannily prescient, so necessary to what I needed to read just then, it seemed fore-ordained.

A Year with Rilke: Daily Readings from the Best of Rainer Maria Rilke

But it's a minor complaint — and I simply went back and read them again at the tight time. Comments Post has no comments. Post a Comment Name optional. Enter Word Verification in box below.