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A Different Poem

Rainer Maria Rilke's American Translators Randall Jarrell, Robert Lowell, and Robert Bly

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Hartmut Heep

A traditional reading of Rilke's oeuvre is based on the assumption that Rainer Maria Rilke is a German poet. For decades however, Rilke has left his mark on American poetry. His multicultural biography and poetry attracted the poets and translators Randall Jarrell, Robert Lowell, and Robert Bly. In a truly bi-cultural dialogue, the author investigates issues such as poetry, manliness, war, philosophy, religion, and love. This comparative study of cultures, translations, and poetic translatability offers revolutionary new insights into the works of all four poets.