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Write a product review. Showing of 2 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. It's a collection of rich thoughts and beautiful articulation. At the end of every session of reading a poem or two, I feel tempted to write my pieces.
Such is the inspiration that I derive from its verses. This is how it ought to be if Rilke wrote in German obviously. The original words are there and adjacently printed is the English translation. This is how it ought to be if one has the misfortune of not understanding the language the work was originally written in.
Have been very fond of Rilke for a long time and Stephen Mitchell's masterful translation does his poetry justice. One must own art of this magnitude for it is not enough to listen to it or read it online. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Great translation of one of the finest poets of the late 19th century and early 20th century. Outside of Germany and Europe, the great symbolist poet, who worked with Rodin while in Paris, is not read nearly enough in my view considering his immense talent and influence on later poets.
The translator, like all who undertake the thankless task, takes chances but is rewarded by managing to bring Rilke's vivid images to light along with his subtle philosophical and often almost mystical spirit. No doubt one should always read a poet in the original language to capture nuances of sound and language, but if you do not read German and the book offers the German original if you are curious , this is as a very successful translation of one of the great symbolist poets I have read, and includes most of his major poems, poetic prose, and the famous notebooks.
If you have not read Rilke, and love poetry, you are in for a treat. I am on my second copy as it has been read so much. Perhaps time for the Kindle version, though poetry should be touched, I believe. I am absolutely in love with the Duino Elegies. The gravity in this poetry brings me home. I continue to return to these poems whenever I need to reconnect to my own beautiful, terrifying, internal infinity in all its glory.
These aren't feel-good poems in any lighthearted sense; they feel good because they remind us we're not alone in feeling our weight, our mortality, our transience. We're lucky, in fact, to feel all those things. Even the angels envy us I've read other translated versions of Rilke's poems, but I keep coming back to Stephen Mitchell's interpretations. They are beautiful and really resonate in my heart. This collection is a dear friend of mine. If you are on the precipice of purchasing this translation, you are probably moved along that path by the excellent reviews.
I cannot add more than to say that I am so grateful to have had a chance to read the Rilke poetry in poetic English, which I am assured by the scholars is as close as one could imagine to what Rilke would have himself written in our language. To read him in this book of his poetry is enchanting and I find something wonderfully new each time through. Set it among the joys not yet open to us; on that lovely urn praise it with the ornately flowing inscription: Stephen Mitchell seems to have been touched also by these great spirits when he translated and interpreted almost pages of Rilke's poems and other writings.
This generous-hearted book includes selections from Rilke's major works: Gloriously, all of the Elegies are given. Nobody else can be alive for you; nor can you be alive for anybody else. E Cummings are a great reminder of how important individuality is, he is able to send tremendous feelings in such brief words. He is always mentioned in films -Hanna and Her Sisters- and he has made an influence in poetry. Apr 20, Hester rated it really liked it Shelves: I've loved the poem 'carry your heart' for years and known I love Cummings because of that.
I've been on a bit of a poetry binge so decided to get this book and see if I liked more of his work. I really do enjoy it. The way he used language and syntax, shaping it to his own meaning and expression is beautiful. But it's not easy. There are little intros to the sections which help explain a lot about some of the poems thank god. I like to understand. To work out the layers and meanings and these re I've loved the poem 'carry your heart' for years and known I love Cummings because of that. To work out the layers and meanings and these really helped.
I think you could spend hours on these and find more and more, which I haven't..
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Hopefully I will appreciate the poems even further then. So many little lines, turns of phrase or just words leap out at you and grab on. I find I don't always fully grasp the whole poem but there are some lines that I keep going back to. Now I'm writing this I want to go read it again. It it more confusing than not, but when you work it out the reward is wonderous. You feel like you deserve to understand the beauty and the humour he's portraying after suffering over a passage or a turn of phrase for a while. It's beautiful and this copy is a lovely selection Jan 02, Ian rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Greatest American Poet of the 20th Century.
Some poems did not catch my interest despite their linguistic acrobatics, but for the most part, this was an interesting collection with many memorable poems. Jan 10, Nikki rated it really liked it Shelves: May 01, Simay Yildiz rated it it was amazing Shelves: For English, please visit CommunityBookStop. Jul 14, Puteri Yasmin Suraya rated it it was amazing Shelves: OK, I know it's kind of cheating when I put a poetry collection on my shelf, thereby adding it to my reading challenge, but on a normal basis I would read poetry books by flipping randomly to a page, read one or two poems, and then set it back down, perhaps picking it back up weeks later.
That's why I never add poetry to my GR shelf. Cummings' collection is the only poetry book I've actually read cover to cover, marking each poem that resonated deeply within me the Contents page is now OK, I know it's kind of cheating when I put a poetry collection on my shelf, thereby adding it to my reading challenge, but on a normal basis I would read poetry books by flipping randomly to a page, read one or two poems, and then set it back down, perhaps picking it back up weeks later. Cummings' collection is the only poetry book I've actually read cover to cover, marking each poem that resonated deeply within me the Contents page is now near full with highlights.
I read them all within a single day, and then spent the next few days rereading them and falling more deeply in love. His poems aren't all easily accessible nor simple; a lot of them require further squinting and that pen-in-between-your-teeth struggle when interpreting them, but I found that not so much frustrating as greatly engaging. The amount of attention and detail in his craft is amazing. I'm not quite sure how to describe his avant-garde style, but it is so unique and uncopiable and just very Cummings, and it manages to evoke so much in so little.
Cummings just gets me like no one else does. Jan 26, Leela Srinivasan rated it really liked it Shelves: This is why I read poetry-- I don't feel like I'm supposed to get all of it. I don't want to constantly read things that I think I could have written. Sometimes it's nice, when a writer reaches into your soul and pulls it out on paper, but e.
I didn't get a lot of this book. I wasn't meant to. But it stretches and redefines the limits of what He's so weird. But it stretches and redefines the limits of what poetry is, to me, and the parts I get I carry in my heart haha! Apr 06, Rachel rated it liked it Shelves: However, I have to rate this as a cumulative piece of work, and there were so many poems around I believe that overall it was such a mixed bag. Some I absolutely loved, some I just liked, and some I wasn't a fan of. I think it's a great collection of his poetry if you like him, I really appreciated the little essays before each section, and there are definitely some standouts within the book.
Overall I think this was a well-rounded collection of his work that I would definitely recommend if you enjoy Cummings! Mar 11, Amanda rated it it was ok Shelves: This was not my cup of tea. I don't love poetry generally and I found most of this to be nonsensical.
If you're the type of person who enjoys sitting and reading poems, spending time interpreting them and appreciating variances in form and verse etc. For me, it was more of a headache than anything else. Some verses and poems were entertaining, and I can see that E. Cummings was thought-provoking, experimental, and thoughtful, but it's just not for me.
Jan 14, Paul rated it really liked it. I cannot read 'anyone lived in a pretty how town' aloud without crying. I think it's one of the most perfect poems ever written. Everything he wrote in the height of his career in the 30's and 40's is pretty much terrific. It's a shame that he lost it later on and grew cynical and complacent, but I guess he earned it.
These are some of my favorite poems to teach, if for nothing other than confounding the students with the diction. Mar 11, Danielle Long rated it liked it. I don't really care for poetry and decided to give it another try with Cummings.
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Alas, I love his poems but I'm still on the fence with poetry in general. Thanks to a college professor who ruined my love for it a few years ago. Maybe I will come around one day.
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Cummings was a creative genius. What if a dawn of a doom of a dream bites this universe in two, peels forever out of his grave, and sprinkles nowhere with me and you? Jan 12, Katie rated it it was amazing. I really didn't think I would love his poetry as much as I did. I haven't met a poet in a long time that I wanted to memorize several pieces of their work. He has an amazing ability to craft words and phrases and feelings. This is going on my favorites shelf at home. As a point of note - there are some sections of poetry that focus on the erotic and I passed over that.
But the other sections on non-erotic love, the seasons, religion, and war were phenomenal. Will investigate Cummings further, as this was fantastic. Sep 07, Ayokunle Falomo rated it it was amazing. Being someone who hadn't always been a fan, Cummings was one of the first poets to get me excited about poetry. I remember coming across his works the first time and I was captivated by how he employed the page.
I decided to read more about him and learned that he was a visual artist and that fascinated me even more. Since then, I have read a few more poems here and there by him, and I was pleased to receive as a gift this selection of some of his poems. There are poems in there that I can't dec Being someone who hadn't always been a fan, Cummings was one of the first poets to get me excited about poetry. There are poems in there that I can't decipher but I find myself coming back to them over and over again Now that I do write poems for the page, I have him as a model.
He's taught me - and continues to - how to use the page to represent my words in a very visually engaging way. The poems are divided into sections and before each section, there's a summary of E. Cummings life at the point when those poems were written. It's organized and invites you into his life with more depth and understanding than you would have if you were reading them separately. I've come across quite a few poems that have made my heart ache with their beauty. Sticky notes have become mine and this book's friend. And I'm quite disappointed that this selection of poems didn't include 'i carry your heart', 'you are tired i think ', and a few other ones.
But then again, this is a selection and not a complete collection though it still bothers me because 'i carry your heart' is my favourite. Jan 24, Bethany rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oct 18, Fred Kohn rated it liked it Shelves: Well, that was somethin'! I don't do much poetry. Perhaps that is why although Cummings's brilliance is obvious, I didn't care for most of the non-traditional forms.
A few of them seemed like well crafted puzzles that I was happy to have unlocked, but most of the others didn't have much meaning for me. I do have to say though, that when he did stick to the traditional forms, especially the sonnet, I enjoyed him very much. Selected Poems by e e cummings 1 star 1 14 Apr 12, His studies there introduced him to the poetry of avant-garde writers, such as Gertrude Stein and Ezra Pound.
In , Cummings published an early selection of poems in the anthology Eight Harvard Poets. Five months after his assignment, however, he and a friend were interned in a prison camp by the French authorities on suspicion of espionage an experience recounted in his novel, The Enormous Room for his outspoken anti-war convictions. After the war, he settled into a life divided between houses in rural Connecticut and Greenwich Village, with frequent visits to Paris.
He also traveled throughout Europe, meeting poets and artists, including Pablo Picasso, whose work he particularly admired.
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In his work, Cummings experimented radically with form, punctuation, spelling, and syntax, abandoning traditional techniques and structures to create a new, highly idiosyncratic means of poetic expression. Later in his career, he was often criticized for settling into his signature style and not pressing his work toward further evolution. Nevertheless, he attained great popularity, especially among young readers, for the simplicity of his language, his playful mode and his attention to subjects such as war and sex.
At the time of his death, September 3, , he was the second most widely read poet in the United States, after Robert Frost.
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