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RilkeThe Life of the Work$
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Charlie Louth

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198813231

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198813231.001.0001

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Rilke’s Requiems

Rilke’s Requiems

(p.211) 6 Rilke’s Requiems

Charlie Louth

Oxford University Press

This chapter, like Chapter 1, deliberately disrupts the chronological order, taking together Rilke’s four requiems: ‘Requiem’ from the Buch der Bilder (written 1900), the two famous poems published as Requiem (written 1908), and ‘Requiem auf den Tod eines Knaben’ (1915). At about the half-way point, this is a place to think about Rilke’s work synchronically as well as diachronically, to focus on a particular theme and a particular form, and to look back as well as forward. It also provides a counterpoint to the chapters on the Duineser Elegien (mourning-poems, but not for anyone’s death) and on the Sonette an Orpheus (written ‘as a memorial’ for a young acquaintance).

Keywords:   elegy, requiem, mourning, life and art, form

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