Rilke’s Book of Hours : Love Poems to God
by Anita Barrows
Editor: Penguin Putnam Inc
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FINALIST FOR THE WEST STYLO of the ATTRIBUTION TRANSLATION of the 100th Edition of the World Classical, containing beautiful translations with the original text in GermanDuring Russia’s visit in his twenties, Rainer Maria Rilke, one of the greatest 20th century poets, was moved by a spirituality he metInspired, Rilke returned to Germany and put on paper what he felt were spontaneously received prayersFrom Rilke, the Book of Hours is the invigorating vision of spiritual practice for the secular world, and which seems remarkably advanced today, a hundred years after it was writtenRilke, the Book of Hours of sharing with the reader a new kind of intimacy with God, or the divine, a reciprocal relationship between the divine and the ordinary in which God needs us as much as we need GodRilke influenced generations of writers with his Letters to a Young Poet, and now, from Rilke, the Book of Hours tells us that our role in the world is love, and thus the love of GodThe freshness of these translations rendered by Joanna Macy, mystical and spiritual teacher, and Anita Brouettes, a profession of poet, capture, Rilke, mind as no one has done before
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