Submission Date

7-24-2015

Document Type

Paper- Restricted to Campus Access

Department

English

Faculty Mentor

Rebecca Jaroff

Comments

Presented during the 17th Annual Summer Fellows Symposium, July 24, 2015 at Ursinus College.

Project Description

My research focuses on the poetry of Dreamcrowned, the third collection of verse published by Bohemian-Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke. Obscure and untranslated into English until 2010, Dreamcrowned is generally ignored or skimmed over in discussions of Rilke’s literary canon. Although it’s clearly the work of an amateur poet, Dreamcrowned marks a watershed moment in Rilke’s life and work. In this essay I discuss the exploration of spirituality and nature in Rilke’s work, his philosophy on the meaning of art, the relationship between poetry and the poet’s personal life, what can be gained from studying an artist’s early works, and the relationship of Dreamcrowned with all of these.

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