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Being Here Is Glorious: On Rilke, Poetry, and Philosophy

Being Here Is Glorious: On Rilke, Poetry, and Philosophy

By James D. Reid

“The translation is lovingly effective, the interpretive essays lucid, engaging, and learned.”—John Lysaker, author of You Must Change Your Life: Poetry and the Birth of Sense

With a new translation of the Duino Elegies

“Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the angels’/orders?” Rainer Maria Rilke’s Duino Elegies opens with one of the most powerful poetic expressions of the search for meaning in the modern world. Published in 1923, the Elegies would influence important philosophers on the Continent, including Heidegger. But with a few exceptions, Rilke’s poetry has not had an impact on philosophy in the Anglo-American world. In Being Here Is Glorious, James D. Reid offers a fresh translation of the Elegies, which hews to the form of the original and provides his own meditation on the place of poetry in philosophy. Reid makes a convincing case that poetry and philosophy can address the problem of finding things significant and worth affirming in light of various reasons to doubt the value of the world in which we find ourselves cast.

184 pages
6 x 9 x 0.5 inches
Northwestern University Press, 2015
ISBN 9780810131354
Poetry, Literature Studies, Philosophy

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