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Tender taxes : versions of Rilke's French poems

By: Shapcott, Jo

0571202527 / 9780571202522
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Towards the end of his life the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) wrote nearly four hundred poems in French - notably the two collections published as Les Fenetres (The Windows) and Les Roses.

The emergence of a French Rilke provides the starting point rather than the terminus for Jo Shapcott's new collection, Tender Taxes, which re-imagines Rilke's brief and fugitive lyrics as English poems.

The occasion is Rilke, but these are more than versions: Shapcott's poems address this, arguing with the originals, crossing and re-crossing the frontier between translation and origination.

Rilke and Shapcott are brought together in the shared incognito of a foreign language, 'speaking English through a French mouth'.


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