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Das Marien-Leben Rainer Maria Rilke

Das Marien-Leben

Rainer Maria Rilke

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ISBN : 9783458169819
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162 pages
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The German poet Rainer Maria Rilke began work on these poems in 1900 with three short pieces, while he was engaged in The Book of Hours, but it wasnt completed until 1911. The impulse for it may have come from his memory of Russian icons depictingMoreThe German poet Rainer Maria Rilke began work on these poems in 1900 with three short pieces, while he was engaged in The Book of Hours, but it wasnt completed until 1911. The impulse for it may have come from his memory of Russian icons depicting the Mother of God. This slight work has the framework of a biblical narrative and charts the unfolding of the divine drama, culminating in Marys assumption into heaven. A feeling of reverence pervades the sequence of thirteen poems. Although he did not hold any orthodox beliefs, as a poet he was of the firm conviction that his work was dictated from above. One can read in the wonder and mystery conveyed in the poems Rilkes belief in the presence of a transpersonal wisdom to which every man has access, and which mediates between the ego and the Higher Self. Christine McNeill is a poet--Kissing the Night--and translator, and works as a tutor of German. The Waxwing Series.