After Rilke: renderings, parodies, rejoinders and animadversions, by Christopher Norris

Norris-AfterRilke cover image These English renderings offer a wide selection of Rilke’s New Poems (1907-8), ranging across many genres and reflecting the poet’s extraordinary gifts of inventiveness, depth, acute observation, and narrative power. They also make the case for translation as itself a matter of responding creatively to elements of the original that may call for active engagement of an exploratory, revisionist, dissenting, or sometimes parodic character. The effect is both challenging and capable of bringing new life to texts often worn smooth by over-familiarity.

About the author: Christopher Norris is Emeritus Professor in Philosophy at the University of Cardiff. In his early career he taught English Literature, then moved to Philosophy via literary theory, and has now turned to writing poetry in various genres, including — unusually — that of the philosophical verse-essay. He has published ten collections of poetry to date. This is his third volume on utopos following Hedgehogs: verse-reflections after Derrida and Damaged Life: poems after Adorno’s Minima Moralia.


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  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages (paperback): 218 pp
  • File size (.epub): 1,8 MB
  • 1st edition published: 1 August 2022
  • ISBN: 978-82-93659-28-0 (softbound)
  • ISBN: 978-82-93659-29-7 (electronic)