Rainer Maria Rilke

Austrian poet and writer

1875   -   1926

genre: Dinggedicht, prose
country of citizenship: Germany, Austria, Austria-Hungary
native language: German
educated at: Charles University
occupation: writer, poet, playwright, translator, novelist, author
www.rilke.de

René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke (4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926), better known as Rainer Maria Rilke (German: [ˈʁaɪnɐ maˈʁiːa ˈʁɪlkə]), was a Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist. He is "widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets". He wrote both verse and highly lyrical prose. Several critics have described Rilke's work as inherently "mystical". His writings include one novel, several collections of poetry and several volumes of correspondence in which he invokes haunting images that focus on the difficulty of communion with the ineffable in an age of disbelief, solitude and profound anxiety. These deeply existential themes tend to position him as a transitional figure between the traditional and the modernist writers. Rilke travelled extensively throughout Europe (including Russia, Spain, Germany, France and Italy), and in his later years settled in Switzerland—settings that were key to the genesis and inspiration for many of his poems. While Rilke is most known for his contributions to German literature, over 400 poems were originally written in French and dedicated to the canton of Valais in Switzerland. Among English-language readers, his best-known works include the poetry collections Duino Elegies (Duineser Elegien) and Sonnets to Orpheus (Die Sonette an Orpheus), the semi-autobiographical novel The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge (Die Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge), and a collection of ten letters that was published after his death under the title Letters to a Young Poet (Briefe an einen jungen Dichter). In the later 20th century, his work found new audiences through use by New Age theologians and self-help authors and frequent quotations by television programs, books and motion pictures. In the United States, Rilke remains among the more popular, best-selling poets.
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New Poems

collection of poems written by Rainer Maria Rilke

author: Rainer Maria Rilke

1907

Das Karussell

literary work

author: Rainer Maria Rilke

1907

The Panther

Gedicht von Rainer Maria Rilke

author: Rainer Maria Rilke

1907

Sonnets to Orpheus

literary work

author: Rainer Maria Rilke

1923

Notes on the melody of things

book by Rainer Maria Rilke

author: Rainer Maria Rilke

1955

Without a Present

two-act drama by Rainer Maria Rilke

author: Rainer Maria Rilke

1898

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