The Duino Elegies - Translated by Leslie Norris and Alan Keele

The Duino Elegies
Photographs by Josephine Sacabo
Poems by Rainer Maria Rilke
Translated by Leslie Norris & Alan Keele
Introduction by John Wood
Edition: 60 numbered copies
10 bound, plus 1 free-standing, fully signed silver gelatin prints
16 x 13 1/2 inches
Handcrafted in New England

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A Note on the Translation

At our hands Rilke’s poems essentially undergo two translations: the German scholar makes one translation from the original into a kind of interlinear English prose, whose lexical and grammatical accuracy are intended to provide the poet with a solid linguistic and exegetical foundation for his work. The poet then sets these flat prose texts to music by translating them back into poetry. The working prose version, accurate as we believe it to be, could never aspire to a place alongside such glorious music of the spheres.

- Leslie Norris & Alan Keele