A New Reading of Rilke's Elegies: Affirming the Unity of "Life-and-death"
By: John J. L. Mood (author)Hardback
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This volume traces Rilke's struggle to affirm death's unity with life. It examines selections from the poet's letters and novel, "The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge", analyzing his inexplicable popularity in America, his unexpected attention to the scientific accuracy of his poetic images and his surprising use of humor. Rilke's primary concern, in both his prose and poetry, was always death, his goal being to affirm its unity with life. All this culminates in Rilke's masterpiece, the 860-line poem, "Duinese Elegies", the discussion of which shows these elements fusing to articulate, in remarkable and thrilling poetry, the affirmation of the unity of 'life-AND-death.' This work elucidates the puzzling structure of the poem. Appendices include a discussion of Rilke and God, and a definitive listing of English translations of the "Elegies".
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