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5.0 out of 5 stars I go back to this year on year, 12 Oct 2008
This review is from: The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke (Picador Classics) (Paperback)
One day I will try another translation of Rilke and then I will find out just how much of what I love about this book is Rilke and how much is Mitchell's translation. It's not a complete collection but what is there is dense and comprehensive. I have enough German to be able to read the facing original texts, to scan for rhythm and metre, and to some extent the translation. It looks to me that where there is a choice, rhythm takes precedence over words. But the words chosen instead are gorgeous. The whole effect has the luminousity of the best of Ginsberg. Whether that's faithful to the original spirit I could not say. All I can really say is that if someone had written these poems in this English then they would be acknowledged masterpieces of mystical poetry.
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