German Studies Lecture Series: Rilke’s Sonette an Orpheus and How Things Are featured lecture by William Waters (German Studies and Comparative Literature, Boston University)
Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages
450 Jane Stanford Way, Building 260, Stanford, CA 94305
The Department of German Studies invites you to join us for a featured lecture:
Rilke’s poetry is singularly elusive. The “Things” so prominent in the Neue Gedichte, Rodin, and Malte may be better described as insubstantial traces, mere trails of time. Inversely, as it seems, the timeless mythic-pastoral landscape of the Sonette an Orpheus (the work I will emphasize here) sports such obtrusive material realities of the age as factories, electric glare and airplanes. And yet the Sonnets too sketch the delicacy of existence; the world is given but cannot be confirmed, any more than a poem can.
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