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Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God Paperback – Nov 2005


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  • Paperback: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books; Reprint edition (Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594481563
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594481567
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 725,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The hour is striking so close above me,so clear and sharp, that all my senses ring with it. Read the first page
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 July 1999
Format: Paperback
Rilke is my favorite poet, but this translation does not do justice to him. I think it is very unfair for modern translators to assume that a contemporary reader would find meter and rhyme "too singsong to convey accurately the seriousness of Rilke's meaning" (quote from the translators' "Notes on the Translation"). Rilke's subject matter and ideas are captivating on their merit alone, but one cannot separate meaning from style in poetry. I believe that to change Rilke's style in a translation is to depart completely from what he felt about his own work, and to drastically weaken what gives his poems their power. Therefore, I prefer the work of stricter translators of Rilke's poetry, such as C. F. MacIntyre.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Jan 1999
Format: Paperback
The Book of Hours is one of the greatest text that I know, having read it in the original German, this English translation is an insult to the poet and the reader. They have edited the text down, omitting essential sentences and paragraphs. Skip this one until there is a better translation available.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Aug 1998
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While the intro should have alerted me to potential disappointment, the poetry drew me in and I found Rilke's voice to be wonderful. AND THEN I read the translators' commentary -- their explanations for not including a poem or the rest of a poem or the middle of one; their justifications for "keeping the sense while changing the words" in order to make it more palatible to late 20th century readers. Most of their justification for exclusion and change lies in what seems to be politically correct to feminism. Truly a destruction of what started out as a mystically sensitive English language version of Rilke's work.
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