Rainer Maria Rilke. Ein Essayist?

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Rilke's work as a literary critic is to be found in two books which deal with the sculptor Rodin and with the artists of Worpswede, and in a series of lesser writings concerning Russian, Scandinavian, French, Belgian and German literature and art, and the condition of the poet. This article will look at these often undeservedly forgotten critical writings as a complex, the analysis of which illuminates Rilke's aesthetics and completes the reflection on literature and art which Rilke carried out in his poems. They appear in this perspective not as the work of a turn-of-the-century critic, but as the work of a poet who tried to find an appropriate approach for his poems and who tried to discover the nature of poetry and of art, and their place in life.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2010

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