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EN122 Mythologists: Here are works and thoughts of two well-known writers/thinkers, Rilke and Nietzsche , whose ideas are intertwined with age-old human notions of the relationship between destruction and (re)creation -- and whose work and thinking were influenced by Greek mythology. 1. A few poems by Rainer Maria Rilke ,. The Czech/German poet and writer Rainer Maria Rilke lived from 1875-1926 . He is widely considered one of the greatest lyric poets/writers/thinkers of 20th century German literature. Rilke was influenced by Greek literature and myths, and wrote a wonderful cycle of poems called Sonnets to Orpheus (we can discuss Orpheus later, if you like). Rilke also wrote a series of essays/musings called Letters to a Young Poet , in which he ruminates on and gives advice on love and other important issues. (If I were you, I would take a look at these essays.) The four poems below were translated from the German: the first one and the fourth one by Robert Bly, the second by Cliff Crego, the third by …?, and the fourth by Robert Bly.) t ____________________________________________________________ A. (Untitled) Sometimes a man stands up during supper and walks outdoors, and keeps on walking, because of a church that stands somewhere in the East. And his children say blessings on him as if he were dead. And another man, who remains inside his own house, dies there, inside the dishes and in the glasses, so that his children have to go far out into the world toward that same church, which he forgot. (Rilke, translated by Robert Bly)
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B. A Woman Going Blind She sat there like the others with their tea. It seemed to me, as if she held her cup slightly differently than the others. She laughed once. It was almost painful. And when they finally stood up and spoke and slowly walked as Chance would have it through the many rooms (one spoke and laughed), there I saw her. She went behind the others in the manner of one who must shortly sing and that for a large group of people; upon her bright eyes, full of happiness, fell light from outside as if on a pool. She followed slowly and she took a long time as if something were still left to transcend; and yet: as if, after the transition, she would no longer walk, but fly. -- Rilke,
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This note was uploaded on 08/27/2011 for the course EN 122 taught by Professor Rachaelwilson during the Fall '10 term at Montgomery CC.

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