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Rilke on Love and Other Difficulties: Translations and Considerations Paperback – 16 Mar 1994

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reissue edition (16 Mar. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393310981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393310986
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Wild stuff." Shaun Whiteside, The Guardian

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Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) is considered one of the greatest poets who ever wrote in the German language. His most famous works are Sonnets to Orpheus, The Duino Elegies, Letters to a Young Poet, and The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge. His collected work is comprised of hundreds of other poems, essays, plays, and stories.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JAN HOLBEN on 7 Jun. 2013
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I was drawn to this book because a friend used some quotes from it so I bought the book to read more. It is one of those books, for me anyway, that you dip in and out of. Well laid out and well written.
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Eloquent Meditations on Art and Life 28 Mar. 2000
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I recieved this book as a gift many years ago and it has been with me ever since. There are passages in this book that can be read through out life and never lose their initial power on the reader.
I particularly liked Blood Rememberings and Dragon Princess. Among best and most intense essays on the making of art.
55 of 62 people found the following review helpful
Self Discovery For The Strong Willed 24 May 2000
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Approximately 1 year ago, I was introduced to Rilke. Since then I have purchased a few of his books. This is one of my favorites, at this point in my life. He seems to have this way of reaching into your inner soul and grabbing a hold of your reality and making you face it, in a very non-threatening, passionate sort of way. I would highly recommend this book to anyone on a self-discovery path.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
"The point is to live everything" 7 July 2006
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"Do not seek the answers which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now." Perhaps then without noticing it everything will resolve gradually along some distant day into the answer."

Rilke is a poet who brings mystery and existensial questioning into every rich and suggestive line he writes. His poetry is ripe and weighted with meaning.

In this small book there are selections from his letters, in which he spontaneously reflects on Love as he addresses intimately his correspondents. There are too his poems on Love whose metaphoric questioning and ambiguity also seem to bring the reader into a poetic space of special mystery and beauty.

"The more one is, the more abundant is everything one experiences. If you want to have a deep love in your life, you must save up for it and collect and gather honey."

Rilke's own personal love life bears not only the mark of his questioning , and deep search for meaning. It also marks the record of his meeting and abandonment. The real love of his life despite his many deep love connections was with his own vocation for which he left his wife and young daughter.

"What ruthless magnificence and yet how terrible to ignite love; what conflagration, what disaster, what doom.To be on fire yourself, of course , if one is capable of it: that may well be worth life and death."

One may not always understand, one may not always agree, one may not always approve but when one reads Rilke what knows one is in the presence of great and deep poetry.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Essential reading: Human Relationships 24 Aug. 2008
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Everyone should own a copy of this short collection of insightful ideas. Buy at least two copies and give one to the one you care most about.
You do not need to be guided through this. It is poetry; read it and re-read it.
Many careful thinkers, including Albert Einstein, believe that one's human relationships is the paramount value. Your relationships begin with your reflections on yourself.
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Great Rilke,Less Mood 7 Sept. 2007
By Elli Tholouli - Published on
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This translation and selection is really made with love. Yet I could not fail but noticing an unbalance between Rilke's radical work on Love and the difficulty of the translator and critic to approach it without being surrendered. As the title suggests. Read it!
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