Rilke's Poetics of Becoming

Hutchinson, Ben (2006) Rilke's Poetics of Becoming. Legenda, Oxford/London, 212 pp. ISBN 1-904350-53-4. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Rainer Maria Rilke’s early verse is often seen as having little relevance to the great achievement of the middle years, the Neue Gedichte. Yet the very different styles of the juvenilia and this ‘new’ maturity are united by a preoccupation with processes of motion and growth which governs both his life and work. In this meticulous philological study, Ben Hutchinson reassesses Rilke’s early poetry at every level, from its motives and metaphors to its very grammar and syntax. With careful attention to rhythm, resonance and linguistic detail, he illuminates both the hidden patterns of the poetry and the artistic context of the fin de siècle. From its roots in the intellectual climate of the 1890s to the poems inspired by Rodin and published in 1908, Rilke’s stylistic development is set against the surprising consistency with which he pursues this poetics of becoming.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PD Germanic languages
P Language and Literature > PT Germanic literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Ben Hutchinson
Date Deposited: 22 May 2008 15:30 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2016 08:58 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/3182 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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