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RILKE, Rainer Maria. Uncollected Poems. Bilingual edition Selected and translated by Edward Snow. New York : North Point Press; Farrar, Straus and Giroux, (1996). Second Printing. Pp. (10),ix-xix,(2),2-. English and German text side-by-side. 8vo (160 x 235 mm), green paper-covered spine, red paper covered boards, with gilt initials to front board & gilt lettering to spine.
"Between the 'New Poems' of 1907 and 1907 and his death in 1926, Rainer Maria Rilke published only two major volumes of poetry -- the 'Duino Elegies' and the 'Sonnets to Orpheus', both in 1923. But during this period he wrote poetry continually, often prolifically -- in letters, in guest books, in presentation copies, and chiefly in the pocket-books he always carried with him. The body of this uncollected work in German exceeds five hundred pieces, a remarkable number of which must be counted among Rilke's finest poems. They range from finished poems of great poise and brilliance, to headlong statements that hurtle through their subject, to hauntingly self-contained 'fragments', to short bursts that arc into the unparsable. Together they share a nakedness and an immediacy of voice that make them feel uncannily contemporary and draw the reader close.
Edward Snow's selection of more than a hundred of these little-known and neglected poems -- the first edition of such scope for the general reader -- distills the best of the uncollected poems while offering a wide enough choice to convey Rilke's variety and industry during the years he wrote them. These poems reveal a freer, more dangerous, less self-fashioning Rilke than the poet of the 'Elegies' and the 'Sonnets'; and Snow's translations of them, while always scrupulously faithful to the German, bring Rilke's power and music into English with unmatched grace and intelligence."
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Title: Uncollected Poems. Second thus printing in dustjacket.
Publisher: North Point Press, New York, 1996, ISBN::
ISBN Number: 0865474826
ISBN Number 13: 9780865474826
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