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Pure Contradiction: Selected Poems

150 pages1 hour


Bilingual Edition. Awarded the SchlegelTieck Prize 2013 for translation from German.
In his powerful new translation, skilfully shaped into current English, Ian Crockatt succeeds in catching Rilke's blend of crafted sensuality and inwardfocused spiritual searching, while his comprehensive introduction and notes to this selection are both informative and enlightening.
Rainer Maria Rilke was described by another great poet, Maria Tsvetaeva as 'not a poet, but the embodiment of poetry'. His work spans the divide between Europe's turnofthecentury decadence and its post First World War revolutionary modernism, always struggling to develop, to seek and reach beyond itself.

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