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By Rainer Rilke,Graham Good

The past due poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) is likely one of the summits of eu poetry within the 20th century. accomplished in 1922, as have been T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land and James Joyce’s Ulysses, Duino Elegies ranks with them as a vintage of literary Modernism and as an inquiry into the non secular obstacle of modernity. the 10 lengthy poems grapple with the problem of ways the human situation and the position of paintings have altered within the glossy period, with the decline of faith and the acceleration of technology.

1922 additionally observed the unforeseen start and of entirety of a brand new paintings, The Sonnets to Orpheus, a cycle of fifty five sonnets giving lyrical expression to the philosophical insights won within the Elegies. this can be devoted to Orpheus, the mythic singer and lyre participant, who turns into an emblem for Rilke of the popularity of transience in existence and transformation in artwork. The 3rd a part of the past due poetry involves the fewer identified short lyrics Rilke wrote within the 5 years sooner than his loss of life in December 1926. those final poems represent one of those 3rd testomony, besides the Elegies and Sonnets.

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