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After Such Long Experience Let House
Ah, Not Being Sundered
Also To Affirm Even Rapture
And All Never-belonging Be Yours
Are Not The Nights Fashioned From The Sorrowful
Being-silent. Who Keeps Innerly
By The Sun-surrounded Road,
Cheerful Gift From The Chillier
Come You, You Last One, Whom I Avow
Do You Also Ponder That We Are All
Everything Is Play, And Yet Plays
Force Of Gravity
From The Cycle: Nights
Give Me, Oh Earth, Pure Unmingling
Gods Perhaps Are Still Striding Along
Gong
Greek Love-talk
If You'd Attempt This, However: Hand In Hand To Be Mine
Like The Pigtails Of Quickly Grown-up Girls
The Lovers
Magic
Mausoleum
More Uncovered The Land: On Every Way Is Hometurning
Music
Now It Would Be Time That Gods Should Step Out
Play The Deaths, The Single Ones, Quickly
The Poems Praise
The Poet Praises
The Poet Speaks Of Praising
The Quinces Yellow From Their Gray Fluff
The Seven Phallic Poems: 1
The Seven Phallic Poems: 2
The Seven Phallic Poems: 3
The Seven Phallic Poems: 4
The Seven Phallic Poems: 5
The Seven Phallic Poems: 6
The Seven Phallic Poems: 7
Since I Wrote You, Sap Sprang Free
Somewhere Blooms The Blossom Of Parting And Bestrews
Strong Star, Which Needs Not The Help Which
That Which Offers Itself To Us With Starlight
These Soft
This Is The Mute-mouthed Mounting Of The Phalli
Transform Stamen On Stamen
Transformation
The Voices Warned Me So I Desisted
We Are Not To Know Why
What Fields Are Fragrant As Your Hands
Woman's Lament: 1
Woman's Lament: 2
You Declare You Know Love's Nights?
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®

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Text: English, German --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reissue edition (February 17, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393310981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393310986
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
I recieved this book as a gift many years ago and it has been with me ever since. There are passages in this book that can be read through out life and never lose their initial power on the reader.
I particularly liked Blood Rememberings and Dragon Princess. Among best and most intense essays on the making of art.
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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful By P. Moulds on May 23, 2000
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Approximately 1 year ago, I was introduced to Rilke. Since then I have purchased a few of his books. This is one of my favorites, at this point in my life. He seems to have this way of reaching into your inner soul and grabbing a hold of your reality and making you face it, in a very non-threatening, passionate sort of way. I would highly recommend this book to anyone on a self-discovery path.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAME on July 6, 2006
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"Do not seek the answers which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now." Perhaps then without noticing it everything will resolve gradually along some distant day into the answer."

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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By charles on August 24, 2008
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Everyone should own a copy of this short collection of insightful ideas. Buy at least two copies and give one to the one you care most about.
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elli Tholouli on September 7, 2007
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This translation and selection is really made with love. Yet I could not fail but noticing an unbalance between Rilke's radical work on Love and the difficulty of the translator and critic to approach it without being surrendered. As the title suggests. Read it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Allie Jones on October 9, 2013
Format: Paperback
Despite its virtues, this book does not give some sources (and has no notes or bibliography, or index).

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S.J. on November 4, 2012
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I first read this bilingual edition of Rilke over 20 years ago. A former professor of religion and literature, Mood's sensitive and insightful translation and commentary (especially on Rilke's epitaph) illuminate Rilke for both new and seasoned readers. John Mood doesn't just study Rilke--he lives the poet's work. Highly recommended for Rilke lovers, it contains fragments of poetry and prose difficult to find elsewhere in translation. And the new edition has a gorgeous Art Deco cover, although is missing Mood's short bio of the previous edition for some reason. "May all never-belonging be yours!" RMR
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