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Rilke on Love and Other Difficulties: Translations and Considerations Paperback – February 17, 1994
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I particularly liked Blood Rememberings and Dragon Princess. Among best and most intense essays on the making of art.
Rilke is a poet who brings mystery and existensial questioning into every rich and suggestive line he writes. His poetry is ripe and weighted with meaning.
In this small book there are selections from his letters, in which he spontaneously reflects on Love as he addresses intimately his correspondents. There are too his poems on Love whose metaphoric questioning and ambiguity also seem to bring the reader into a poetic space of special mystery and beauty.
"The more one is, the more abundant is everything one experiences. If you want to have a deep love in your life, you must save up for it and collect and gather honey."
Rilke's own personal love life bears not only the mark of his questioning , and deep search for meaning. It also marks the record of his meeting and abandonment. The real love of his life despite his many deep love connections was with his own vocation for which he left his wife and young daughter.
"What ruthless magnificence and yet how terrible to ignite love; what conflagration, what disaster, what doom.To be on fire yourself, of course , if one is capable of it: that may well be worth life and death."
One may not always understand, one may not always agree, one may not always approve but when one reads Rilke what knows one is in the presence of great and deep poetry.
You do not need to be guided through this. It is poetry; read it and re-read it.
Many careful thinkers, including Albert Einstein, believe that one's human relationships is the paramount value. Your relationships begin with your reflections on yourself.
The section called "The Dragon-Princess" is actually Letter 8 in Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet (letter 8, dated August 12, 1904; originally entitled Briefe an einen jungen Dichter) and I have been unable to find the edition with this next part in full. Page 119 (Look Inside as page 95) gives ONLY THE FIRST PARAGRAPH of the quote below, ending with the words "wants help from us." The next page is blank.
"How should we be able to forget those ancient myths that are the beginning of all peoples? The myths about dragons that, at the last moment, turn into princesses. Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses, who are only waiting to see us, once beautiful and brave. Perhaps everything terrible is, in its deepest being, something helpless that wants help from us.
"So, you must not be frightened if a sadness rises up before you, larger than any you have ever seen. If a restiveness like light and cloud-shadows, passes over your hands and over all you do. You must think that something is happening to you. That life has not forgotten you. That it holds you in its hand. It will not let you fall. Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any miseries, or any depressions? For after all, you do not know what work these conditions are doing inside you."
THIS is a most beautiful passage, the most poetic translation of it I have found, but if could have been used for it, or better, for the rest of the Letter 8 on the blank page on the reverse of the page ending "...wants help from us.Read more ›
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Read slowly. Read over a life time. Be Patient. But most of all have this book and this translation in your home.Published 3 months ago by Rilke
I love his poetry As a psychotherapist I have given some of his work to my clients to help them understand situations they are struggling with and give them insight into solutionsPublished on February 8, 2014 by Dorothy Stoops
Rilke says everything I need to be said. He knows that 'each of us is alone' but by and through his writing in general he gives one comfort to that very singular realization, if... Read morePublished on November 4, 2012 by childrenofsa