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Orchards

Orchards

By Rainer Maria Rilke

Translated by Peter Oram, Alex Barr

Starborn Books, 208pp Hardback ISBN-10189953038X
Series 3 Number 16 - The Dialect of the Tribe

Review by Delphine Grass

Vergers is arguably the most famous of Rilke’s poetry collections written in French. The title itself holds special importance in Rilke’s poetic venture. It was this word that stirred his first impulse to write in the French language while residing in Veyras, Switzerland. Although they are often referred to as Rilke’s ‘simpler’ poems, one could turn...

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