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Political correctness destroys the effect.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God (Paperback)
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.