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Rainer Maria Rilke
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Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926), born to a German-speaking family in Prague, was a prolific poet, essayist, critic, and correspondent who rarely did anything but write. Well-known for his restlessness, he often became dissatisfied with his current “home,” sometimes only days after moving there with his custom-made standing desk. Among many other places, he lived in Paris, most notably in 1902–03 when he worked for Auguste Rodin. Inspired by the great sculptor, he began to look at objects with an artist’s eye, and developed a new lyrical style in his so-called Dinggedichte, “thing poems.” During the last years of his life he lived mostly in Muzot, Switzerland, where he wrote 400 poems in French. Rilke died of leukemia in December 1926. His collections include The Book of ImagesNew Poems, the Duino Elegies, and the Sonnets to Orpheus.

AGNI has published the following work:

Poetry
Autumn Day
By Rainer Maria Rilke
Translated from the German by Millicent Bell
AGNI 54 Print Only
Poetry
Adam
By Rainer Maria Rilke
Translated from the German by Millicent Bell
AGNI 54 Print Only
Poetry
Quai du Rosaire: Bruges
AGNI 74 Print Only
Poetry
Corpse-Washing
AGNI 74 Print Only
Poetry
from Windows
By Rainer Maria Rilke
Translated from the French by Susanne Petermann
Poetry
Herbst
By Rainer Maria Rilke
Translated from the German by David Ferry
AGNI 29 and 30 Print Only
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