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Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926)

Author of Letters to a Young Poet

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More than any other modern German writer, Rainer Maria Rilke seems to match our romantic idea of what a poet should be, though, as with many writers, separating artistry from affectation is often difficult. Restless, sensitive, reverent, yet egotistical, Rilke often seems to hover in his poems like show more a sort of ethereal being. He was born in 1875 to a wealthy family in Prague. After a few years devoted to the study of art and literature, he spent most of his adult life wandering among the European capitals and devoting himself single-mindedly to poetry. His early poems reflect his interest in the visual and plastic arts, as he tries to lose himself in contemplation of objects such as an antique torso of Apollo.His later books of poetry, such as Duino Elegies (1923) and Sonnets to Orpheus (1923), on the contrary, focus intently on internal realms. The poetry of Rilke is noted, above all, for metaphysical and psychological nuances. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Rainer Maria Rilke

Letters to a Young Poet (1929) 6,554 copies
The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge (1910) — Author — 2,501 copies
Duino Elegies (1923) — Author — 1,738 copies
Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God (1899) — Author — 1,126 copies
Sonnets to Orpheus (1922) — Author — 1,057 copies
Duino Elegies / The Sonnets to Orpheus (1922) — Author — 771 copies
Stories of God (1899) — Author — 510 copies
The Book of Images (1906) 469 copies
Letters on Cézanne (1952) 368 copies
Auguste Rodin (1903) 240 copies
The Poetry of Rilke (2009) 190 copies
Diaries of a Young Poet (1989) 167 copies
Die Gedichte (1990) — Author — 160 copies
New Poems, 1907 (1984) 135 copies
In Praise of Mortality (1657) 92 copies
The Life of the Virgin Mary (1913) 53 copies
Gedichte [Reclam UB 8291] (2005) — Author — 53 copies
Briefe an eine junge Frau (1936) 49 copies
El testamento (1974) — Author — 47 copies
Ewald Tragy (1974) 45 copies
Rilke in Paris (2001) 43 copies
Worpswede (1903) 42 copies
Requiem (1909) 38 copies
Poesie (1984) 36 copies
Prayers of a Young Poet (2012) 36 copies
Florentijns dagboek (1981) 35 copies
Die schönsten Gedichte (1997) 34 copies
Poesie (1907-1926) (2000) 33 copies
Vergers (1978) 30 copies
Poèmes à la nuit (1976) 30 copies
The Unknown Rilke (1983) 29 copies
Gesammelte Gedichte (1962) 28 copies
Gedichte [Reclam UB 9623] (1997) 28 copies
Poems, 1906 to 1926 (1953) 27 copies
Danze macabre (1994) 27 copies
Poems (1943) 25 copies
Letters to a Young Painter (1996) 23 copies
Requiem e altre poesie (1935) 23 copies
Gedichte (1981) 20 copies
Antología poética (1982) 19 copies
Prose and poetry (1984) 19 copies
De mooiste gedichten (1999) 19 copies
Die Erzählungen. (1995) 18 copies
Poesie (1946) 17 copies
Gesammelte Werke (Anaconda) (2013) 16 copies
Lyrik und Prosa (1999) — Author — 16 copies
Poemas (2000) 16 copies
Turning-Point (2003) 16 copies
The Roses & The Windows (1979) 15 copies
Sämtliche Werke (1970) 14 copies
Larenopfer (1994) 14 copies
Armastusest (1987) 13 copies
Oeuvres (1972) 12 copies
La princesse blanche (1987) 12 copies
Dichtungen des Michelangelo (1960) 12 copies
Poesie, I (1895-1908) (1997) 11 copies
The Voices (1977) 11 copies
Selected letters 11 copies
Nuove poesie-Requiem (1992) 11 copies
Letters on God and Letters to a Young Woman (2012) — Author — 11 copies
Scrisori catre Rodin (1928) 11 copies
Epistolario español (1976) 10 copies
Gesammelte Werke (Eurobuch) (1998) 10 copies
Koning Bohoesj (2004) 10 copies
Rilke: Between Roots (1986) 10 copies
Relatos de Praga (1982) 10 copies
88 Gedichte (2011) 9 copies
Racconti scelti 8 copies
Poesie (1908-1926) (1997) 8 copies
Briefe (1980) 8 copies
O carrossel (2010) 8 copies
Frühe Gedichte. (1928) 8 copies
Gedichte und Prosa (2002) 8 copies
Dikter (1978) 8 copies
Werke in drei Bänden (1966) — Composer — 8 copies
Selected poems 8 copies
Unofficial Rilke (1981) 8 copies
Rilke Selected Poems (1941) 8 copies
Lettres à une musicienne (1998) 8 copies
Erste Gedichte (1988) 8 copies
Where the Paths Do Not Go (2018) 7 copies
Gesammelte Werke (2014) 7 copies
Gedichte. (1997) 7 copies
Uren en beelden 7 copies
El amor de Magdalena (1996) 7 copies
Die drei Liebenden (1979) 7 copies
Selected Poems 7 copies
Hundert Gedichte (2000) 7 copies
Liebesgedichte. (2002) 6 copies
Verzamelde brieven (2022) 6 copies
Wie nu geen huis heeft (2001) 6 copies
Am Leben hin (1985) 6 copies
Lettere (2010) 6 copies
Valda dikter (2020) 6 copies
Il libro d'ore (2008) 6 copies
Poezje (1987) 6 copies
Mir zur Feier (2000) 5 copies
Die Liebenden. Großdruck (1944) 5 copies
Nueva antología poética (2007) 5 copies
Gedichten (2022) 5 copies
Poupées (2013) 5 copies
Teoría poética (1987) 5 copies
Werke (1980) 5 copies
Chant éloigné (1990) 5 copies
Rilke: Selected Poems (1960) 5 copies
Het landschap 5 copies
Poemas Franceses (1944) 5 copies
Rilke: Selected Poems (1991) 5 copies
Udvalgte Digte 4 copies
I racconti (2016) 4 copies
Ausgewählte Gedichte (2005) 4 copies
Kaks Praha lugu (2020) 4 copies
Brieven over God (1987) 4 copies
Nine plays (1979) 4 copies
Versions de Rilke (1901) 4 copies
Selected Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke (1960) — Author — 4 copies
Herbst (2007) 4 copies
Brieven (1991) — Author — 4 copies
Worte, die verwandeln (1999) 4 copies
Ein Gespräch in Briefen. (1998) 4 copies
Cuareta y nueve poemas (2010) 4 copies
Über Dichtung und Kunst (1974) 4 copies
The Voices & Other Poems (2021) 4 copies
Del poeta 4 copies
L'alfiere (1992) 3 copies
Noves versions de Rilke (1901) 3 copies
Le magnifique René Maria (2007) 3 copies
Poemas 3 copies
Gedichte (2008) 3 copies
Die Frühen Gedichte (1922) 3 copies
Tagebcher aus der Frhzeit (1999) 3 copies
Cartas A Um Jovem Poeta (2022) 3 copies
Poèmes épars (2015) 3 copies
Die Letzten (2011) 3 copies
Die Prosa (2016) 3 copies
Über den jungen Dichter (1996) 3 copies
Cuentos cortos (2004) 3 copies
CARTAS A JOVENS POETAS (2003) 3 copies
L'angelo e altre poesie (2003) 3 copies
Verzieri (2004) 3 copies
A los jóvenes poetas (2012) 2 copies
Toledo Ilustrado (2015) 2 copies
Besitzlose Liebe (2018) 2 copies
Liriche (1992) 2 copies
Der Totengräber (2014) 2 copies
Obras 2 copies
TanrIdan Öyküler (2006) 2 copies
Dua Saatleri Kitabi (2015) 2 copies
Poesía (2007) 2 copies
Rainer Maria Rilke : Poems — Author — 2 copies
Poems (2015) 2 copies
Genc Bir Saire Mektuplar (2000) 2 copies
Paysages 2 copies
Kniha obrazů (2018) 2 copies
Bücher. Theater. Kunst (1991) 2 copies
O umení výber z esejí (2005) 2 copies
50 Gedichte (2011) — Author — 2 copies
Lirika 2 copies
Later Poems (1938) 2 copies
Poezija 2 copies
Poesie 2 copies
Späte Gedichte (1934) 2 copies
Poèmes et proses (1964) 2 copies
Der Drachentöter (1997) 2 copies
Rainer Maria Rilke (1986) 2 copies
Poesías (2003) 2 copies
De Dichter (1978) 2 copies
Werke 2 copies
Poésie 2 copies
Erzählungen 2 copies
(:)Joosepi kahtlused (2008) 2 copies
POEMAS 2 copies
O CARROSSEL (2008) 2 copies
Vita di Maria (2000) 2 copies
Meistererzählungen (2005) 2 copies
Briefe.: 3 Bände (1987) 2 copies
Liebesgeschichten. (2003) 2 copies
Rainer Maria Rilke versei (1983) 2 copies
Rilke (1988) 2 copies
Selected New Poems (2002) — Author — 2 copies
Rodin: Nudes (1950) 2 copies
Werke in 6 Bände (1980) 2 copies
Advent 2 copies
Dream-Crowned (2011) 2 copies
Querida Lou 2 copies
Printemps enchanté (2022) 1 copy
Gedichte 2. 1 copy
Genc Saire Mektuplar (2016) 1 copy
Ultima sera (2011) 1 copy
SELECTED POEMS (1941) 1 copy
Selected Poems Rilke: (1988) 1 copy
Poems (1971) 1 copy
Pesmi 1 copy
Cartas 1 copy
Antología 1 copy
Poems: [1918] (2009) 1 copy
Poems (1918) 1 copy
L'amour de Madeleine (2000) 1 copy
Les Sonnets à Orphée (2021) 1 copy
Liriche e prose (1967) 1 copy
Poems (2021) 1 copy
Poems (2014) 1 copy
Briefe 1 copy
Valaisian Quatrains (2009) 1 copy
Der Panther (2018) 1 copy
Poeme 1 copy
A voz 1 copy
Sonuncular (2009) 1 copy
Poemes francesos (2011) 1 copy
Malte 1 copy
Novos Poemas (1900) 1 copy
El Corneta 1 copy
Poésie 1 copy
D Ł ten ta Đ (2005) 1 copy
Elegieën van Duino (2022) 1 copy
As rosas (1996) 1 copy
Poesia 1 copy
UZAK GECE RÜZGARI (2018) 1 copy
Lodice času 1 copy
The Stranger 1 copy
Cornet Rilke neue gedichte (1952) — Author — 1 copy
The cat's meow (1961) 1 copy
Las quintaesencias (1941) 1 copy
Rilke : poesia-coisa (1994) 1 copy
Ősz 1 copy
Poesie 1 copy
Ihr Madchen 1 copy
Lettere a un giovane (2015) 1 copy
As Janelas (2009) 1 copy
Poemas II 1 copy
Poemas I 1 copy
İmgeler Kitabı (2019) 1 copy
Ur-lyd (2016) 1 copy
POÉSIE 1 copy
...Poems 1 copy
Kalem ve kılıç (2003) 1 copy
Neunzig Gedichte (1987) 1 copy
Die Näherin 1 copy
Skizzen 1 copy
Wenn Weihnachten naht (2016) 1 copy
Roses (2014) 1 copy
Sancaktar 1 copy
Canet de Poche (d'un) (2004) 1 copy

Associated Works

Sonnets from the Portuguese (1850) — Translator, some editions — 2,193 copies
Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre (1956) — Contributor — 2,093 copies
Eric Carle's Dragons, Dragons (1991) — Contributor — 724 copies
The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology (1992) — Contributor — 393 copies
The World's Greatest Short Stories (2006) — Contributor — 273 copies
A World of Great Stories (1947) 263 copies
The Song of Igor's Campaign, An Epic of the Twelfth Century (1800) — Translator, some editions — 229 copies
Letters: Summer 1926 (1985) 226 copies
Randall Jarrell's Book of Stories (1958) — Contributor — 145 copies
Deutsche Gedichte (1956) — Contributor, some editions — 135 copies
Magical Realist Fiction: An Anthology (1984) — Contributor — 113 copies
Great German Short Novels and Stories (1933) — Contributor — 105 copies
The Norton Book of Friendship (1991) — Contributor — 96 copies
Great German Short Stories (1960) — Contributor — 84 copies
The Dedalus Book of Austrian Fantasy, 1890-2000 (2003) — Contributor — 70 copies
Gods and Mortals: Modern Poems on Classical Myths (1684) — Contributor — 69 copies
The Return of the Prodigal Son (1907) — Translator, some editions — 52 copies
The Faber Book of Gardens (2007) — Contributor — 45 copies
Sonnets (1947) — Translator, some editions — 38 copies
Mitsou: Forty images (1984) — Foreword, some editions — 28 copies
The Seas of God: Great Stories of the Human Spirit (1944) — Contributor — 25 copies
Ten Poems to Say Goodbye (2012) — Contributor — 24 copies
One World of Literature (1992) — Contributor — 24 copies
Loss: An Anthology (1997) — Contributor — 18 copies
"Das Tagebuch" Goethes und Rilkes "Sieben Gedichte" (1978) — Contributor — 18 copies
Son of Man: Great Writing About Jesus Christ (2002) — Contributor — 17 copies
Voor het einde 33 Duitse verhalen uit de jaren 1900-1933 (1977) — Contributor — 13 copies
Deutsche Erzählungen 2 (1975) — Contributor — 11 copies
The Analog Sea Review: Number Three (2020) — Contributor — 10 copies
Men and Women: The Poetry of Love (1970) — Contributor — 8 copies
THE SEVENTIES. Number 1. Spring 1972 (1972) — Contributor — 4 copies
Moderne Erzahler 1 — Author — 4 copies
Estetica e paesaggio (2009) — Author — 3 copies
Wien um 1900. Literarische und graphische Kostbarkeiten (1964) — Contributor — 2 copies
Les chansons des roses : SATB/SATB and piano (1991) — Author — 2 copies
Am Borne deutscher Dichtung (1927) — Contributor — 1 copy
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 3, November 1978 (1978) — Contributor — 1 copy
Natale raccontato da ... — Contributor — 1 copy

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FILBO | Apr 19, 2024 |
"Si bien la relación de la lírica con el entorno natural celebra siglos y siglos de existencia, la poesía que piensa específicamente la animalidad -el ser animal- no es abundante. Con todo, el abismo insalvable que se suponía entre hombre y animal es cuestionado hace tiempo y desde muchos ángulos. Rainer Maria Rilke, Gertrud Kolmar y Paul Zech, tres de las voces poéticas más importantes del siglo XX alemán, coinciden en la empatía y la solidaridad con el sufrimiento animal". (Descripción editorial).… (more)
 
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Perroteca__ | 1 other review | Apr 6, 2024 |
Go into yourself and examine the depth. Write out of necessity. Seek solitude. Hold fast to what is difficult. Unhappiness transforms you, let it happen. School your doubts until they become constructive critics, request arguments from them.
Rilke gives wise advice like these. But more than that I enjoyed seeing his poetic mind reasoning. He sees the world differently, more sensually, more metaphorically. He trusts the world and all that is happening. There is little cliche or tradition in his thinking, he constructs everything himself.
Rilke is a brave, bright and kind soul. In this book he tries to help another soul deal with hardship and fears that so often besiege a young poet or perhaps any person of any age.
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rubyman | 91 other reviews | Feb 21, 2024 |
This compilation of selections from Rilke's poetry and prose has been an excellent morning or evening treat for the past 365 days - at times serene and calming, and at others challenging and vibrant. At its best, his writing captures the ineffable and profound in human living in a way that is direct and metaphoric. His themes - love, solitude, death, suffering, silence, growth - are generally spiritual, natural, universal and transformative. And this book is an excellent way to discover the breadth of his writing for the newcomer, as well as providing a steady reminder of his artistry and insight for anyone who is already familiar with him.… (more)
 
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