Rilkes Book of Hours Quotes by Rainer Maria Rilke
Rainer Maria Rilke - Poems: The Book Of Pilgrimages
Poems from the Book of Hours
Titlepage: Dugald Stewart Walker. The supreme problem of every age is that of finding its consummate artistic expression. Before this problem every other remains of secondary importance. History defines and directs its physical course, science cooperates in the achievement of its material aims, but Art alone gives to the age its spiritual physiognomy, its ultimate and lasting expression. The process of Art is on the one hand sensuous, the conception having for its basis the fineness of organization of the senses; and on the other hand it is severely scientific, the value of the creation being dependent upon the craftsmanship, the mastery over the tool, the technique. Art, like Nature, its great and only reservoir for all time past and all time to come, ever strives for elimination and selection. It is severe and aristocratic in the application of its laws and impervious to appeal to serve other than its own aims.
I lay in the grass , shirtsleeves rolled onto my shoulders, and read the whole book in an afternoon. The book lived in my bag collecting dog-ears and underlines for the rest of the summer. But because just being here matters, because the things of this world, these passing things, seem to need us, to put themselves in our care somehow. Us, the most passing of all. Once for each, just once. Once and no more.
The collection was written between and in three parts, and first published in Leipzig by Insel Verlag in April With its dreamy, melodic expression and neo-Romantic mood, it stands, along with 'The Lay of the Love and Death of Christoph Cornet', as the most important of his early works. The work, dedicated to Lou Andreas-Salome , is his first through-composed cycle, which established his reputation as a religious poet, culminating in the poet's Duino Elegies. In provocative language, using a turn-of-the-century Art Nouveau aesthetic, Rilke displayed a wide range of his poetic talent. The suggestive musicality of his verses developed into the hallmark of his later lyric poetry, to mixed criticism. Francis and the Christian search for God.
45 quotes from Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God: 'I live my life in widening circles that reach out across the world.'.
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