Force and Love in the Works of Rainer Maria Rilke

Heroic Life Attitudes and the Acceptance of Defeat and Suffering as Complementary Parts

by Kip Wilson (Author)
Monographs VI, 204 Pages


Based on the works, letters and diaries of Rainer Maria Rilke, his attitude based on the interdependent nature of force and love, both human and divine, is clear. The specific works discussed, including Der Cornet, Malte, Der Schauende, and selected poems from the Duineser Elegien and Sonette an Orpheus provide the basis for discussion on the tie that binds these apparently opposite poles into a deeper theme important both to Rilke and to those who read his works: the relationship between recognition and awe of force and the fulfillment of acceptance gained when giving in to this force through love.


VI, 204
ISBN (Softcover)
Frankfurt/M., Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Wien, 1999. VI, 204 pp.

Biographical notes

Kip Wilson (Author)

The Author: Kip Wilson received her Ph.D. in German Literature from the State University of New York at Albany in 1996. She currently works on the German product of a voice recognition software company, and is the author of the book and song lyrics for the musical A Midsummer Nightclub which was produced in Austria in 1998. She lives and works near Boston, MA.


Title: Force and Love in the Works of Rainer Maria Rilke