A FINALIST FOR THE PEN/WEST TRANSLATION AWARD The 100th Anniversary Edition of a global classic, containing beautiful translations along with the original German text. While visiting Russia in his twenties, Rainer Maria Rilke, one of the twentieth century's greatest poets, was moved by a spirituality he encountered there. Inspired, Rilke returned to Germany and put down on paper what he felt were spontaneously received prayers. Rilke's Book of Hours is the invigorating vision of spiritual practice for the secular world, and a work that seems remarkably prescient today, one hundred years after it was written. Rilke's Book of Hours shares with the reader a new kind of intimacy with God, or the divine—a reciprocal relationship between the divine and the ordinary in which God needs us as much as we need God. Rilke influenced generations of writers with his Letters to a Young Poet, and now Rilke's Book of Hours tells us that our role in the world is to love it and thereby love God into being. These fresh translations rendered by Joanna Macy, a mystic and spiritual teacher, and Anita Barrows, a skilled poet, capture Rilke's spirit as no one has done before. From the Trade Paperback edition.
One of the most powerful poetry collections of the twentieth century, now in a beautiful new edition Although The Book of Hours is the work of Rilke’s youth, it contains the germ of his mature convictions. Written as spontaneously received prayers, these poems celebrate a God who is not the Creator of the Universe but rather humanity itself and, above all, that most intensely conscious part of humanity, the artist. Babette Deutsch’s classic translations—born from “the pure desire to sing what the poet sang” (Ursula K. Le Guin)—capture the rich harmony and suggestive imagery of the originals, transporting the reader to new heights of inspiration and musicality.
As its title promises, the Book of Hours is a brilliant display of astonishing and ever-changing images of spiritual life. It is a quest for god, which begins in a monk's cell, takes us on a pilgrimage across the steppes of Russia and ends in the big city with its sleaze and despair. This fresh new translation by Stevie Krayer allows Rilke to speak directly and vividly to the reader of today.
This new translation of selected poems from Rainer Maria Rilke's Das Stunden-Buch (Book of Hours) includes images of sculpture and artwork by Auguste Rodin, Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, Emil Orlik, Heinrich Vogeler, Ernst Barlach, Käthe Kollwitz and other artists known to Rilke and his contemporaries. It represents a modern take on the medieval Book of Hours, a personal devotional book of prayers for the Christian layperson that often was illustrated with religious miniatures and illuminated text. The novel approach of the SelfScape Book of Hours: Rainer Maria Rilke Edition to Rilke's first major work of poetry shows how Rilke deconstructed the traditional components of the medieval Book of Hours - Sequences of the Gospels, Hours of the Virgin, Cross and Holy Spirit, Penitential Psalms, Office of the Dead and Suffrages - and used that medieval form as a vehicle for his own unique poetic conversation with God. The three individual books of Rilke's Book of Hours - the Book of Monastic Life, Book of Pilgrimage and Book of Poverty and Death - are reordered here to map back to the medieval Book of Hours format and to progress through the monastic daily hours of prayer - Matins and Lauds from midnight to dawn, Prime, Terce, Sext and None during the daylight hours, Vespers at sunset and Compline at bedtime.
'Nowhere, beloved, can world be but within us' Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) is one of the leading poets of European Modernism, and one of the greatest twentieth-century lyric poets in German. From The Book of Hours in 1905 to the Sonnets of Orpheus written in 1922, his poetry explores themes of death, love, and loss. He strives constantly to interrogate the relationship between his art and the world around him, moving from the neo-romantic and the mystic towards the precise craft of expressing the everyday in poetry. This bilingual edition fully reflects Rilke's poetic development. It contains the full text of the Duino Elegies and the Sonnets to Orpheus, selected poems from The Book of Images, New Poems, and earlier volumes, and from the uncollected poetry 1906-26. The translations are accurate, sensitive, and nuanced, and are accompanied by an introduction and notes that elucidate Rilke's poetic practice and his central role in modern poetry. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Why a 20th-Century Visionary Poet Speaks So Eloquently to 21st-Century Readers
Author: Stephanie Dowrick
Category: Literary Criticism
Connecting to your inner life through the transformative poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke. In the Company of Rilke is a rare book about a rare poet. Rainer Maria Rilke was a giant of twentieth-century writing who remains a visionary voice for our own time, captivating readers not only with his brilliance but also his fearlessness about the "deepest things." Speaking through his own contradictions and ambivalences, he gives readers a profound understanding of the complex beauty of human existence. Here, questions matter more than answers. Here, a poet can speak directly to God while also doubting God. Astonishingly, this is the first major study of Rilke from a spiritual perspective, even though the greatest of Rilke' s gifts was to show how inevitably life centers upon a profound mystery-to which we can freely open ourselves. Drawing on her deep understanding of the gifts of Rilke's writings, as well as her own personal spiritual seeking, Stephanie Dowrick offers an intimate and accessible appreciation of this most exceptional poet and his transcendent work.