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Rilke's Sonnets to Orpheus: Philosophical and Critical Perspectives

Hannah Vandegrift Eldridge and Luke Fischer


Rilke’s “Sonnets to Orpheus”: Philosophical and Critical Perspectives sheds new light on the philosophical significance of Rilke’s late masterpiece The Sonnets to Orpheus (1923), which Rilke wrote during an intensive period of inspiration in the winter of 1922. While the Duino Elegies (completed during the same period) have historically received more critical and philosophical attention than the Sonnets, this volume serves to remedy the relative neglect and illustrates the unique character and importance of the Sonnets as well as their significant connections to the Elegies. The volume feature ... More

Keywords: Rilke, Sonnets to Orpheus, philosophy, poetry, poetics, criticism, aesthetics, Duino Elegies, literary theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190685416
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190685416.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hannah Vandegrift Eldridge, editor
Assistant Professor of German, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Luke Fischer, editor
PhD in Philosophy, University of Sydney; poet and independent scholar

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Front Matter

Chapter 1 Introduction

Hannah Vandegrift Eldridge and Luke Fischer

Part I Interiority, World-Disclosure, and Constructivism

Part II Death, Love, and the Beyond

Chapter 5 Beyond Existentialism

Luke Fischer In Memoriam Anthony Downs (1951–2019)

Chapter 6 Love in Paramyth

Christoph Jamme Translated by Luke Fischer

Part III Ecocriticism and Animal Ethics

End Matter