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Rilke: The Life of the Work

Charlie Louth


The life of Rilke’s work is in its words, and this book attends closely to the development of that life as it unfolds over Rilke’s career. What is a poem, and how does it act upon us when we read? This is a question of the greatest interest to Rilke, who addresses it in several poems and for whom the experience of reading affords an interaction with the world, a recalibration of our ways of attending to it, which set it apart from other kinds of experience. Rilke’s work is often approached in periods – he is the author of the Neue Gedichte, or of Malte, or of the Duino Elegies, or of the Sonet ... More

Keywords: Rilke, life, reading and experience of reading, poetry, work, attention, translation, close reading

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198813231
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198813231.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charlie Louth, author
Fellow and Tutor in German, The Queen's College, The University of Oxford