Prayers of a Young Poet  -     By: Rainer Maria Rilke, Mark S. Burrows
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Prayers of a Young Poet

Paraclete Press / 2015 / Paperback

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Rilke wrote these poems in 1899 after returning to Germany from his first trip to Russia, calling them simply "the prayers." They reflect the intensity of his experience of the East, voicing his fascination with Orthodox churches and monasteries. The icons, so different from religious art he encountered on an earlier trip to Italy, seemed to him like flames glowing in dark spaces. These luminous prayers gesture as verbal icons, their images pointing a way in the darkness for seekers of the sacred. Now in paperback with a new afterword by translator Mark S. Burrows.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 112
Vendor: Paraclete Press
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1612616410
ISBN-13: 9781612616414

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This volume marks the first translation of these prayer-poems into English. Originally written in 1899, Rilke wrote them upon returning to Germany from his first trip to Russia. His experience of the East shaped him profoundly. He found himself entranced by Orthodox churches and monasteries, above all by the icons that seemed to him like flames glowing in dark spaces. He intended these poems as icons of sorts, gestures that could illumine a way for seekers in the darkness. As Rilke here writes, "I love the dark hours of my being, for they deepen my senses."

Author Bio

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) was one of the most important German-language poets and writers of the early 20th century. His other poetry collections include Duino Elegies and Sonnets to Orpheus.
 
Mark S. Burrows is a poet and scholar of medieval Christianity. He has taught in numerous graduate schools and universities in the United States and Germany and is a leading voice in the field of spirituality and the arts. He currently teaches in Germany and is the poetry editor for Spiritus. Paraclete Poetry will be publishing a volume of his Burrows’ own poems later in 2015.

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