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Figuring Finitude: Rilke’s Sonnets to Orpheus

Hannah Vandegrift Eldridge

in Lyric Orientations: Hölderlin, Rilke, and the Poetics of Community

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801456954
eISBN:
9781501701061
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801456954.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter examines Rainer Maria Rilke's Sonnets to Orpheus, which centers on the human inhabitation of finitude. The work showed Rilke's struggles to acknowledge and inhabit finitude as he ... More


Introduction

Hannah Vandegrift Eldridge and Luke Fischer

in Rilke’s Sonnets to Orpheus: Philosophical and Critical Perspectives

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
June 2019
ISBN:
9780190685416
eISBN:
9780190685454
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190685416.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

This coauthored introduction to the volume Rilke’s “Sonnets to Orpheus”: Philosophical and Critical Perspectives discusses the philosophical character and reception of Rilke’s poetry and both the ... More


Muzot and Valmont 1921–1926

Donald Prater

in A Ringing Glass: The Life of Rainer Maria Rilke

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198158912
eISBN:
9780191673405
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158912.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, European Literature

Rilke took up residence at the Château de Muzot in 1921. He began to write a sequence of poems, which he called ‘Sonnets to Orpheus’. In three days he completed a cycle of 23, in a free handling of ... More


Rilke on Formally Disclosing the Meaning of Things

Rick Anthony Furtak

in Rilke's Sonnets to Orpheus: Philosophical and Critical Perspectives

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
June 2019
ISBN:
9780190685416
eISBN:
9780190685454
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190685416.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

Rilke claims that the poet’s task is to reveal the qualitative valences of existence, thus enabling his readers to become emotionally aware of its meaning—in spite of all that might threaten our ... More


Beyond Existentialism: The Orphic Unity of Life and Death

Luke Fischer

in Rilke's Sonnets to Orpheus: Philosophical and Critical Perspectives

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
June 2019
ISBN:
9780190685416
eISBN:
9780190685454
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190685416.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

This essay illustrates the limitations of predominant existentialist readings of death, mortality, and authenticity in Rilke and the presence of spiritual and esoteric dimensions that also need to be ... More


Breath, You Invisible Poem: Orpheus (2006)

Ben Wilkinson

in Don Paterson

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9781800855373
eISBN:
9781800852891
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781800855373.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter discusses Paterson’s fifth collection, Orpheus, translated versions after the German of Rainer Maria Rilke’s Die Sonette an Orpheus (1923). It argues that the book’s hallmark lies in its ... More


Rilke's Sonnets to Orpheus: Philosophical and Critical Perspectives

Hannah Vandegrift Eldridge and Luke Fischer (eds)

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
June 2019
ISBN:
9780190685416
eISBN:
9780190685454
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190685416.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

Rilke’s “Sonnets to Orpheus”: Philosophical and Critical Perspectives sheds new light on the philosophical significance of Rilke’s late masterpiece The Sonnets to Orpheus (1923), which Rilke wrote ... More


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