Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Rainer Maria Rilke

Rainer Maria Rilke was born in Prague on December-4-1875. He was the only child of an wretched marriage and his childwood was un unhappy one. He was placed into military school but as this proved unsuccessful he later entered the German Gymnasium (prepatory school). By the time he left the Gymnasium and entered Charles University in Prague in 1895, he had already published his first volume of poetry. Rilke is considered one of the German language's greatest 20th-century poets. He wrote both in verse and lyrical prose. His two most famous verse sequences are the Sonnets of Orpheus and the Duino Elegies and his most famous prose works are the Letters to a Young Poet and the semi-autobiographical The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge. He also wrote more than 400 poems in French. He died on December-29-1926 at 51 years of age. 

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