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Rilke's Duino Elegies and Don Paterson's Orpheus: A version of Rilke’s Die Sonette an Orpheus

Rilke's Duino Elegies and Don Paterson's Orpheus: A version of Rilke’s Die Sonette an Orpheus

By Rainer Maria Rilke

Translated by Martin Crucefix, Don Paterson

Faber, £12.99 and Enitharmon, £9.95
Series 3 No.8 - Getting it Across

Review by Charlie Louth

Probably no other twentieth-century collections of poetry have been translated into English more often than these two cycles; Amazon can currently find you at least twenty-one versions of the Duino Elegies and fifteen of the Sonnets to Orpheus.

Something of their aura comes from the myth-like circumstances of their composition: the first elegies tak...

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Translated by John Green, Michal Boncza, Eduardo Embry

Smokestack Books Paperback ISBN: 9780956417534

I've never heard of this Venezuelan poet so relied on the back page and introduction for context. He's highly respected and has written about his childhood on the island of Margarita, his strong communist beliefs that wear “a Phryian bonnet”, the peoples right to culture and expression, and the “human eternity”of the revolutionary traditions of Amerindian tribes. I fell in love with shorter poems because they're arrows, humorous and self deprecating, like my favourite “Politics is useful for many things/In contrast to the muses/who sometimes are there to shame us.” (Somari of the Muses).

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