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Duineser Elegien I was trying to understand beautyHow silly of me One elegy after anotherI realized you submit to beauty and itsconseuences which hopefully last in you or so you wishAnd complete surrender is a journey on a bridge of understanding with cables of faith dangling and holding them Once over you light up the bridge to see what new travails unfold before you in the newly surrendered landPraise be to beauty Praise be to eyes that look for itNow back to the elegies From one of the fathers of modern literature Duino Elegies is simply one of his greatest achievements It's monumental in every way and almost impossible to describe I wouldn't even know where to start Stunningly beautiful would be an easy way to put it Extract from the The Third Elegy One thing to sing the beloved another alasthat hidden guilty river god of the bloodHe whom she knows from afar her lover what does he knowof that Lord of Pleasure who often out of his lonely heartbefore she had soothed him often as though she did not existstreaming from oh what unknowable depths would uplifthis god head uprousing the night to infinite uproarOh the Neptune within our blood oh his terrible tridentOh the gloomy blast of his breast from the twisted shellHark how the night grows fluted and hollowed You starsis it not from you that the lover’s delight in the loved one’sface arises Does not his intimate insightinto her purest face come from the purest starsIt was not you alas It was not his motherthat bent his brows into such an expectant archNot to meet yours girl feeling him not to meet yoursdid his lips begin to assume that fruitful curveDo you really suppose your gentle approach could have soconvulsed him you that wander like morning breezesYou terrified his heart indeed; but ancient terrorsrushed into him in that instant of shattering contactCall him you can’t uite call him away from those sombrecompanionsTruly he tries to he does escape them; disburdenedly settlesinto your intimate heart receives and begins himself thereDid he ever begin himself thoughMother you made him small it was you that began him;he was new to you you arched over those new eyesthe friendly world averting the one that was strangeWhere oh where are the years when you simply displacedfor him with your slender figure the surging abyss These poems blew my mind kicked my ass and sent chills down my back Never have poems so resonated with that dark secret place I keep hidden from view But these poems threw back the curtain and shined with angelic vengeance upon my internal cowardice And this really is what I want poems to do let me know I am not alone and that others have felt as despondant and helpless in a very mental and spiritual way as I have I almost didn't finish reading the poems because I felt my heart being stabbed literally and I couldn't take what Henry James calls the surprise of recognition Only this was a brutal and beautiful surprise One that changed the way I saw poetry and myself This was some sort of poetical acid sinister and illuminating horrifying and unforgetable I thought Stephen Mitchell's translation was the best that could ever possibly exist I was happily totally wrong I picked this up at a friend's house by chance and was completely absorbed The Chrichtons bring out a sort of conversational uality in the writing which I hadn't been aware even existed Rilke's meditations are spectral evanescent secular and luminous I didn't know there were other ways to appraoch the Elegies and now I see that there's a whole new world inside this text I was never uite aware of before If you're already into Rilke and even if you're not do yourself a huge favor and dig in to the primal metaphysical mojo going on here It could change your lifeO and the inclusion of three letters he wrote about the seuence are enough to make you stand up on the midnight subway and shout incomprehensibly about Time God Nothingness Returns and the inevitability of all parting Yep It's THAT good Rilke's Duino Elegies are a contender for the greatest lyric seuence of the 20th century in a century that featured some really great ones by Yeats HD Trilogy Eliot Stevens Auroras of Autumn in particular Pound Hughes Hayden Merrill and many others could be named Lots of the translations of Rilke's Elegies in English are really mediocre turgid Rilke is a complete contradiction in terms David Young's is by far the best in print for English speaking readers These versions by poet David P Young use Williams' triadic or 3 step line to give Rilke's Germanic syntax in English light and grace and power balancing rapidity of thought with poise and depth Plus there are very useful notes Highly recommended It's a poem I try to read about once a year sort of like taking a spirit uest I find writing about poetry extremely difficult because we enter the realm of pure emotions of the perfect magic that words can possess and what each reader thinks and feels when reading a poem is not only very personal but also uite often impossible to define and to reduce into a few sentences Therefore I rarely review the poetry books that I own on this site But Rilke could well be my favorite poet for reasons that I can't explain except that the scope of his visions both extraordinarily intimate and magnificently epic and the power of his writing touch me deeply The Duino Elegies have been applauded by basically everybody and are considered for good reasons as one of of the most intensely evocative work of poetry of the German language I do understand a little bit of German but not enough to be able to read Rilke in his native tongue and that's too bad as good as a translation is it always does lose something and that's even true for poetry Anyway This is my own way of paying homage to an amazing poet whose only novel is on my shelve waiting to be read We have a marvelous almost legendary image of the circumstances in which the composition of this great poem began Rainer Maria Rilke was staying at Duino Castle on a rocky headland of the Adriatic Sea near Trieste One morning he walked out onto the battlements and climbed down to where the cliffs dropped sharply to the sea From out of the fierce wind Rilke seemed to hear a voice Wer wenn ich schriee horte mich denn aus der Engel Ordnungen If I cried out who would hear me up there among the angelic orders He wrote these words the opening of the first Duino Elegy in his notebook then went inside to continue what was to be his major opus—completely only after another ten tormented years of effort—and one of the literary masterpieces of the century Duino Elegies speaks in a voice that is both intimate and majestic on the mysteries of human life and our attempt in the words of the translator David Young “to use our self consciousness to some advantage to transcend through art and the imagination our self deception and our fear” And so we press on and try to achieve ittry to contain it in our simple handsin our brimming eyes our voiceless heartRilke is both the reason I mistrust translations and the exception to my rule Rilke'nin dimağından farklı olacağını düşündüğüm bir kitaptı olacağı nı dememdeki sebep ise şiirler ağıtlar hissiyatıma çok yakın başlayarak her ağıtta bir adım daha uzaklaşarak maalesef kaybolduÖzellikle birilerine ithaf edilmiş çok ağıt var Kişileri de bilmemekten kaynaklı uzaktan bakan kişi oldumSorun bende mi acaba diye öğrencilerime de derslerde bir kaç ağıtı okudum genel yapısından başka çok da fazla his uyandırmadıYine de aralardan seçtiğim parça cümleler ve tamlamaları paylaşmak isterim Saygılar Melek al bu tebessümü topla o minik çiçekli şifalı otuBir vazo bul buluştur koru onu Arasına koy bizim henüz kıvrım kıvrım süslü yazıylaEşik; nedir ki ikiseven için kadim eşiğini kapılarınınbirazcık aşındırmak kendilerinden öncekilerve sonrakiler hafiftenBak yaşıyorum Neyle Ne çocukluk ne de gelecekazalıyor Sayısız varoluşfilizleniyor yüreğimde Ve biz mutluluğun tırmandığınıdüşünenler hissederdik o duyguyubizi neredeyse dehşete sürükleyenmutlu biri düştüğünde

  • Paperback
  • 208 pages
  • Duineser Elegien
  • Rainer Maria Rilke
  • English
  • 02 July 2016
  • 9780393328844

About the Author: Rainer Maria Rilke

Rainer Maria Rilke is considered one of the German language's greatest 20th century poets His haunting images tend to focus on the difficulty of communion with the ineffable in an age of disbelief solitude and profound anxiety — themes that tend to position him as a transitional figure between the traditional and the modernist poetsHe wrote in both verse and a highly lyrical prose His two mos