Rainer Maria Rilke’s French Poems

Rilke, Rainer Maria (1875–1926), translated by Kline, A. S. (contact-email)

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Rilke’s French poems created during the last four years of his life, after the Duino Elegies and the Sonnets to Orpheus, were an expression of gratitude to the landscape of the Valais in Switzerland, which he felt had made the completion of the former works possible. Quiet but subtle, these poems communicate his deep love of the French language, and provide silvery echoes of the elegies and sonnets, ‘in a borrowed tongue’.

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Kline, A. S.

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