Histroical Fiction for Adults Reviewer: Kate Forsyth Source of Book: I bought it on my e-reader The Blurb from Goodreads:
His childhood and youth in Prague were not especially happy. His father, Josef Rilke —became a railway official after an unsuccessful military career. The relationship between Phia and her only son was coloured by her mourning for an earlier child, a daughter who had died only one week old.
During Rilke's early years Phia acted as if she sought to recover the lost girl through the boy by dressing him in girl's clothing. His parents pressured the poetically and artistically talented youth into entering a military academy in St.
He moved to Linzwhere he attended trade school. Expelled from school in Maythe year-old prematurely returned to Prague. From to he was tutored for the university entrance exam, which he passed in Until he studied literature, art history, and philosophy in Prague  and Munich.
Having trained from to as a psychoanalyst with Sigmund Freudshe shared her knowledge of psychoanalysis with Rilke. InRilke undertook a journey lasting several weeks to Italy.
Between May and Augusta second journey to Russia, accompanied only by Lou, again took him to Moscow and Saint Petersburgwhere he met the family of Boris Pasternak and Spiridon Drozhzhina peasant poet. Rilke essay on rodin cites the cultures of Bohemia and Russia as the Rilke essay on rodin influences on Rilke's poetry and consciousness.
Later, his portrait would be painted by the proto-expressionist Paula Modersohn-Beckerwhom he got to know at Worpswede. It was here that he got to know the sculptor Clara Westhoffwhom he married the following year.
Their daughter Ruth — was born in December Paris — [ edit ] Paula Modersohn-Becker —an early expressionist painter, became acquainted with Rilke in Worpswede and Paris, and painted his portrait in In the summer ofRilke left home and travelled to Paris to write a monograph on the sculptor Auguste Rodin.
Before long his wife left their daughter with her parents and joined Rilke there. The relationship between Rilke and Clara Westhoff continued for the rest of his life; a mutually-agreed-upon effort at divorce was bureaucratically hindered by Rilke's "official" status as a Catholic, though a non-practising one.
At first, Rilke had a difficult time in Paris, an experience that he called on in the first part of his only novel, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge. At the same time, his encounter with modernism was very stimulating: For a time, he acted as Rodin's secretary, also lecturing and writing a long essay on Rodin and his work.
Rodin taught him the value of objective observation and, under this influence, Rilke dramatically transformed his poetic style from the subjective and sometimes incantatory language of his earlier work into something quite new in European literature.
The result was the New Poemsfamous for the "thing-poems" expressing Rilke's rejuvenated artistic vision. During these years, Paris increasingly became the writer's main residence.
There he kept from December to February a permanent room at the Hotel Reina Victoria   Duino and the First World War — [ edit ] Duino Castle near Trieste, Italy, was where Rilke began writing the Duino Elegies in —recounting that he heard the famous first line as a voice in the wind while walking along the cliffs and that he wrote it quickly in his notebook.
There, inhe began the poem cycle called the Duino Elegieswhich would remain unfinished for a decade because of a long-lasting creativity crisis. It has been suggested that Greco's manner of depicting angels has influenced the conception of the angel in the Duino Elegies.
He was unable to return to Paris, where his property was confiscated and auctioned.
He spent the greater part of the war in Munich. From to he had a turbulent affair with the painter Lou Albert-Lasard. Rilke was called up at the beginning of and had to undertake basic training in Vienna.
Influential friends interceded on his behalf—he was transferred to the War Records Office and discharged from the military on 9 June The traumatic experience of military service, a reminder of the horrors of the military academy, almost completely silenced him as a poet.
On 11 JuneRilke travelled from Munich to Switzerland. The outward motive was an invitation to lecture in Zurich, but the real reason was the wish to escape the post-war chaos and take up his work on the Duino Elegies once again. The search for a suitable and affordable place to live proved to be very difficult.
In an intense creative period, Rilke completed the Duino Elegies in several weeks in February Before and after, Rilke rapidly wrote both parts of the poem cycle Sonnets to Orpheus containing 55 entire sonnets. Together, these two have often been taken as constituting the high points of Rilke's work.
That and the Sonnets to Orpheus, those were two strings of the same voice. And she plays mostly Bach! Muzot has received its musical christeningThe Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke: Bilingual Edition (English and German Edition) [Rainer Maria Rilke, Stephen Mitchell, Robert Hass] on attheheels.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.
"This miracle of a book, perhaps the most beautiful group of poetic translations this century has ever produced.
Rodin has pronounced Rilke's essay the supreme interpretation of his work. A few years ago the sculptor expressed to the translators the wish that some day the book might be placed before the English-speaking public.
Art as expression.
The view that “art is imitation (representation)” has not only been challenged, it has been moribund in at least some of the arts for more than a century. It was subsequently replaced by the theory that art is expression. Instead of reflecting states of the external world, art is held to reflect the inner state of the artist.
Widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets, Rainer Maria Rilke was unique in his efforts to expand the realm of poetry through new uses of syntax and imagery and in the philosophy that his poems explored.
With regard to the former, W.
H. Auden declared in New Republic. Raabe, Heinrich August, ¶. Die Postgeheimnisse oder die hauptsächlichsten Regeln welche man beim Reisen und bei Versendungen mit der Post beobachten muß um Verdruß und Verlust zu vermeiden (German) (as Author); Raabe, Wilhelm, ¶. Rodin has pronounced Rilke's essay the supreme interpretation of his work.
(From the translators’ Preface) Auguste Rodin, , was a French sculptor. Although.
Written in and , these essays mark the entry of the poet into the world of letters. Rilke's description of Rodin reveals the profound psychic connection between the two great artists, both masters of giving visible life to the invisible. For Rilke, both Rodin and Cézanne suggested, through the very physicality of their labors, a /5(). Widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets, Rainer Maria Rilke was unique in his efforts to expand the realm of poetry through new uses of syntax and imagery and in the philosophy that his poems explored. With regard to the former, W. H. Auden declared in New Republic. The Invention of Empathy: Rilke, Rodin, and the Art of “Inseeing” Because Brain Pickings is in its twelfth year and because I write primarily about ideas of a timeless character, I have decided to plunge into my vast archive every Wednesday and choose from the thousands of essays one worth resurfacing and resavoring. Subscribe to this.