Rainer Maria Rilke is considered one of the German language’s greatest 20th century poets. His haunting images tend to focus on the difficulty of communion with the ineffable in an age of disbelief, solitude, and profound anxiety — themes that tend to position him as a transitional figure between the traditional and the modernist poets.
He wrote in both verse and a highly lyrical prose. His two most famous verse sequences are the Sonnets to Orpheus and the Duino Elegies; his two most famous prose works are the Letters to a Young Poet and the semi-autobiographical The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge. He also wrote more than 400 poems in French, dedicated to his homeland of choice, the canton of Valais in Switzerland.
Recent events conspired put this book in my hands a second time – and like all good books, it just gets better with every reading. Losing none of it’s haunting out-of-this-world quality – leaving you hungry for more while at the same time you feel that the surfeit of emotion coming through the words into you will cause a soft but violent explosion in your mind.
Leaving you with Rilke on Love
“…each should stand guard over the solitude of the other…”