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By Rainer Maria Rilke

The acceptance of Rainer Maria Rilke has grown gradually considering his dying in 1926; at the present time he's greatly thought of to be the best poet of the 20 th century. this contemporary Library version provides Stephen Mitchell’s acclaimed translations of Rilke, that have gained compliment for his or her new version of the poet’s wealthy formal tune and intensity of idea. “If Rilke had written in English,” Denis Donoghue wrote within the long island occasions booklet overview, “he may have written during this English.” sooner than All Parting is an plentiful number of Rilke’s lifework. It comprises consultant poems from his early collections The booklet of Hours and The e-book of images; many decisions from the innovative New Poems, which drew thought from Rodin and Cezanne; the hitherto little-known “Requiem for a Friend”; and a beneficiant number of the past due uncollected poems, which represent a few of his best paintings. incorporated too are passages from Rilke’s influential novel, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, and 9 of his awesome uncollected prose items. eventually, the publication provides the poet’s maximum masterpieces of their entirety: the Duino Elegies and The Sonnets to Orpheus. “Rilke’s voice, with its notable blend of ritual, energy, pace and lightness, might be heard in Mr. Mitchell’s types extra basically than in any others,” acknowledged W. S. Merwin. “His paintings is masterful.”

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Still I wrote, and though I did not comprehend even an insubstantial fragment of what that blood-thick black ink was saying, what I knew was that when it was done, I’d have grown older, the grimy globe would have grown older, and on my shelf would sit my book, a shrunken governor of an antique Chinese province, surveying all that came within his purview, including me, and passing judgment on it. 29 GOING VIRAL My face is my mask. —Gump Worsley Nothing is weirder than the human face. Fortunately, we are not permitted to see it very often.

Fortunately, we are not permitted to see it very often. The masks and the lighting take care of that. ■ Pray for me, she said, and then Wait, I meant to say pay for me. ■ I have had my way with your image so many times—when you stand at the edge of the cliff and sway— can you really say my despair is no part of what you feel? 30 ■ You can’t give away the virtues these days, and I have none to offer anyway. Only these silent hands, their heavy weakness, their inscrutable signs. ■ But is it the emptiness of the left hand that you want, or the emptiness of the right?

The darkness that lives at its core. What the leaves know and do not tell the roots. And what the roots know. 37 THE BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES OF M A R T H A’ S V I N E Y A R D 1 What are birds, what can they be if not objectified thoughts? That scarlet tanager an idea about beauty, that American redstart the memory of a hotel on the Oregon coast, where you stayed for three days, while the things you thought you’d understood fell to pieces around you . . 2 The black-capped chickadee is native to most of North America, and everywhere its song is the same.

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