selected poems of Rainer Maria Rilke in rhymed translation by Leonard Cottrell
The poems are shown in tandem English/German format. Most are from Rilke's 1907 and 1908 "New Poems" series.
Bread and Wine
The Art of Falconry
Lady in a Mirror
Lady on a Balcony
Pont du Carousel*
The Gardens V. (Marble Gods)
The Last Judgment
God Speaks to Each*
New Additions (several still lack the German text)
Song of the Women to the Poet
translations © 1995,1999,2001 Leonard Cottrell
*these two are earlier poems, not from the New Poems series.
Many of the translations first appeared in the Monadnock Review. Some have been revised since their first publication. Raymond Oliver, a linguist and expert in rhymed verse translation, provided generous help with many of them.
The New Poems series was published by Rilke in two volumes: Neue Gedichte 1907, and Der neuen Gedichte anderen Teil 1908.