51. Dead Poets Society 12: The Duino Elegies by Rainer Maria Rilke

Completed in 1922, the same year as the publication of Eliot’s The Waste Land, Rilke’s Elegies constitute a magnificent godless poem in their rejection of the transcendent and their passionate celebration of the here and now. The Elegies are populated by a throng of vivid and affecting figures: acrobats, lovers, angels, mothers, fathers, statues, salesmen, actors and children. With Karen Leeder, Professor of Modern German Literature at Oxford, poet Ulrike Almut Sandigand and Martyn Crucefix, translator of The Duino Elegies.  Chaired by Peter Florence.

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