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About the Author
One of the most widely read modern poets, Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) first became known and respected with the publication of The Book of Hours, when he was in his twenties. He is now most famous for his Letters to a Young Poet, published during the same time, which continues to inspire generations of writers.
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