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A Year with Rilke: Daily Readings from the Best of Rainer Maria Rilke Hardcover – November 17, 2009
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ANITA BARROWS, a prizewinning poet and clinical psychologist, is the author of four books of her own poetry and the recipient of an NEA grant as well as the Quarterly Review of Literature’s contemporary Poetry Award. She has been a professional translator for more than thirty years.
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Rilke is one of those names that have kept coming up for me in my reading through the years, like Jung or Blake, one of those touchstone names.
Off and on I've tried reading Rilke in various translations (I don't read German). I own 8 or 10 books on him. I dip a toe or a foot in, but have found him a singularly difficult poet to like and enjoy. Impressive maybe, but generally cold and imposing, with a strange, Teutonic, convoluted syntax.
I happened on Joanna Macy and Anita Barrow's translation of Rilke's "Book of Hours" and liked it, was intrigued with it, but it's one short volume. When this volume came out, I hemmed and hawed about spending the money on such a doubtful chance, but in fact this book has proven a pleasure and even a treasure.
I cannot speak to the translation's "accuracy." Some Amazon reviewers have had issues with the looseness of this translation. For accuracy, Stephen Mitchell's is the standard, although the intricacies of Rilke's originals are legend. But Mitchell's translation has never warmed me. (So, of course the present volume isn't organized for students.)
But this Macy-Barrow verse is a real pleasure to read. It is written in free verse with a clear and slightly --enjoyably-- feminine warmth to it.
And essentially, it lets me see clearly the depths of Rilke's spirituality. Independent of religious traditions, Rilke, I see now for myself, saw profoundly and with great originality into the depths in human matters far and wide.
I thought such a large collection might be too much for me.Read more ›
I stumbled onto The Book of Hours (Das Stunden-Buch) a couple years ago (the Macy and Barrow's translation.) Initially it drove me crazy their translation style. But after the second read though I found I liked it more than some of the more literal translations. I feel in love with Rilke's work.
This is an amazing book, a chance to spend a year with Rilke reading his poems, letters, and journals. Its a chance to really taste his life and influences.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This daily reader is a must have for all fans of Rilke's work. Excellent translation of his poetry and prose. This is a collection not to be missed!Published 1 month ago by Karin
A daily inspiration and reminder of the extraordinary beauty of Rilke's writing. Curious though, it states that there are 366 quotes, but there was none for this year's February... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Elizabeth Blake
Reading one per evening and enjoying the snippets of Rilke's writing.Published 4 months ago by Camille
Bought this for a gift and ended up buying myself one, too. It is TREASURED by the man who received it--he looks at it every day and shares what he reads. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Muse of Time and Silence
Beautifully compiled, it's an ingenious way to get to know Rilke in bite sized pieces. You truly get a feel for who he is as a writer, and human, both of whom are exceptional. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Aaron Hirko
I don't have the words for how much this book has affected me. I checked it out from the library to read while I was healing up from a surgery. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Shane & Erin
Profound insights from a great poet philosopher. I look forward to it every morning.Published 15 months ago by Liz M
I should have looked more carefully at the reviews and maybe tried a sample of this. I found it very religious. I did not realize that Rilke was so religious. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sophie