Poems from the Book of Hours

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About the Author

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), the author of Sonnets to Orpheus and Letters to a Young Poet, was one of the greatest poets of the German language.
Babette Deutsch (1859-1982) was a poet, critic, and novelist, as well as a translator.
Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018) has published twenty-one novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry, and four of translation, and has received the Hugo, Nebula, Endeavor, Locus, Tiptree, Sturgeon, PEN-Malamud, and National Book Award and the Pushcart and Janet Heidinger Kafka prizes, among others. In recent years she has received lifetime achievement awards from World Fantasy Awards, Los Angeles Times, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, and Willamette Writers, as well as the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Grand Master Award and the Library of Congress Living Legends award. Le Guin was the recipient of the Association for Library Service to Children's May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award and the Margaret Edwards Award. Her recent publications include the novel Lavinia, Words Are My Matter, an essay collection, and Finding My Elegy, New and Selected Poems. Her website is UrsulaKLeGuin.com.


If Rilke cut himself shaving, he would bleed poetry.--Stephen Spender
Rilke remade the sturdy sonnet, recast the sonorous song. He quickened the German language itself.--Rika Lesser
Poets in English continue to line up for the inevitable failure of translating Rilke's short lyrics. The best translations I have seen are from Babette Deutsch.--Clive James