By Rainer Maria Rilke
The best paintings by way of one of many maximum poets of the 20 th century.
In the interpretation by means of JB Leishman and Stephen Spender.
One of the literary masterpieces of the century, this translation is now awarded with facing-page German.
We have a wonderful, nearly mythical, photo of the conditions during which the composition of this nice poem begun. Rilke used to be staying at a fortress (Duino) at the sea close to Trieste. One morning he walked out at the battlements and climbed right down to the place the rocks dropped sharply to the ocean. From out of the wind, which was once blowing with nice strength, Rilke appeared to pay attention a voice: Wer, wenn ich schriee, horte mich denn aus der Engel Ordnungen? (If I cried out, who might pay attention me up there, one of the angelic orders?). He wrote those phrases, the hole of the 1st Duino Elegy, in his laptop, then went within to proceed what used to be to be his significant paintings and one of many literary masterpieces of the century.
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Der schlug sich auf: die Szenerie war Abschied. Leicht zu verstehen. Der bekannte Garten, und schwankte leise: dann erst kam der Tanzer. *C 4 0 3* The fou rth Elegy O t r e e s of life, when will your winter come? We’re never single-minded, unperplexed, like migratory birds. Outstript and late, we suddenly thrust into the wind, and fall into unfeeling ponds. We comprehend flowering and fading simultaneously. And somewhere lions still roam, all unaware, in being magnificent, of any weakness. We, though, while we’re intent upon one thing, can feel the cost and conquest of another.
For my call 63 60 70 80 64 Duino Elegies Anmf ist immer voll Hinweg; wider so starke Stromung kannst du nicht schreiten. Wie ein gestreckter Arm ist mein Rufen. Und seine zum Greifen oben offene Hand bleibt vor dir offen, wie Abwehr und Warnung, UnfaBlicher, weitauf. ’ Against such a powerful current you cannot advance. Like an outstretched arm is my call. And its clutching, upwardly open hand is always before you as open for warding and warning, aloft there, Inapprehensible.
100 The Fifth Elegy 53 away from their vainly twirling sticks?............ And then, in this wearisome nowhere, all of a sudden, the ineffable spot where the pure too-little incomprehensibly changes,—springs round into that empty too-much? Where the many-digited sum solves into zero? Squares, o square in Paris, infinite show-place, where the modiste Madame Lamort winds and binds the resdess ways of the world, those endless ribbons, to ever-new creations of bow, frill, flower, cockade and fruit, all falsely-coloured, to deck the cheap winter-hats of Fate.
Duino Elegies by Rainer Maria Rilke