The Book of Fresh Beginnings

Selected Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke

Rainer Maria Rilke

The Book of Fresh Beginnings

Rainer Maria Rilke

Distributed for Oberlin College Press

108 pages | 6 1/2 x 9 3/4
Cloth $19.95 ISBN: 9780932440686 Published July 1994
This new selection, drawing primarily on Rilke’s extremely rich middle period, the first decade of the 20th Century, and concluding with a selection from his late Sonnets to Orpheus, offers a clear, powerful, and contemporary Rilke.
Contents
INTRODUCTION • FROM THE BOOK OF PICTURES (1902, 1906) • Entrance • The Angels • Childhood • From a Childhood • People by Night • Evening • Loneliness • Fall Day • The Voices: Nine Pages with a Titlepage • Titlepage • The Beggar’s Song • The Blindman’s Song • The Drinker’s Song • The Suicide’s Song • The Widow’s Song • The Idiot’s Song • The Orphan’s Song • The Dwarf’s Song • The Leper’s Song • FROM NEW POEMS (1907, 1908) • Lovesong • The Panther • Saint Sebastian • The Angel • The Swan • Death-Experience • Blue Hydrangeas • Portrait of my Father in his Youth • The Carousel • Spanish Dancer • Orpheus, Eurydice, Hermes • The Bowl of Roses • Archaic Torso of Apollo • Fading • Venice in Late Autumn • The Flamingos • Buddha in Glory • REQUIEM FOR A FRIEND (1908) • Requiem for a Friend • FROM SONNETS TO ORPHEUS (1923) • “A tree stood up” (I, 1) • “From the joined happiness of song and lyre” (I, 2) • “A god can do it” (I, 3) • “Don’t lay a stone to his memory” (I, 5) • “Is he of this world?” (I, 6) • “You’ve never been away from me” (I, 10) • “Wait... that tastes good” (I, 15) • “But what can I dedicate to you” (I, 20) • “But you now, whom I felt like a flower” (I, 25) • “Breathing, you invisible poem!” (II, 1) • “Mirrors” (II, 3) • “Oh this is the animal that never was” (II, 4) • “Flower-muscle” (II, 5) • “Rose, growing throne of yourself” (II, 6) • “Flowers, kinfolk at last” (II, 7) • “Be ahead of all partings” (II, 13) • “Look at the flowers” (II, 14) • “Oh fountain-mouth” (II, 15) • “Listen” (II, 25) • “Silent friend of many distances” (II, 29) • NOTES
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