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Complete French Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke, the (1986) [Collection]
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Previously published in four clothbound editions (The Roses & The Windows, The Astonishment of Origins, Orchards, and The Migration of Powers), this volume brings together the French poems of Rilke along with some never-before-published Dedications and Fragments in marvelous English translation by A. Poulin, Jr.

It wasn't widely known that Rilke - ranked as one of this century's finest writers for his work in German - also wrote over 400 poems in French. These lyrics were written toward the end of Rilke's life, after the tremendous effort spent producing his masterworks, Duino Elegies and Sonnets to Orpheus. A. Poulin, Jr. notes in his Preface that "The French lyrics do not directly undertake great subjects and themes. Rather, they are small poems of carefull attentiveness to the things of this world, to the common things of this world, and to the elusive states of being in which the world is poetically transformed."


  • The Roses
  • The Windows
  • Short Sequences
  • Affectionate Taxes to France
  • The Valaisian Quatrains
  • Orchards
  • Saltimbanques
  • The Migration of Powers
  • Dedications and Fragments

Original title: The Complete French Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke
Original languages: French


Genre: PoetryVerse

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