Talks : Simon’s Talk on The Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke

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Starts: Tuesday, 16 July 2024 at 7:30PM
Ends: Tuesday, 16 July 2024 at 8:30PM

Available spaces: 240
Host: Simon Gregor

Rainer Maria Rilke was an ethnically Czech poet writing within the Austro-Hungarian empire in the late C19 and early C20.  His writing in many ways feels very accessible to a modern audience, telling clear narrative with an economy of expression.  At the same time, he weaves in spiritual and mythic ideas from a variety of traditions, which add layer after layer of meaning to his work, such that we return to it and appreciate it in a new way each time.  Whether in his own poetic writing, or his achingly beautiful advice to another aspiring writer in “Letters to a Young Poet”, Rilke is engaging, reflective and at times challenging in his views of the world.  In this talk, Simon will talk a little about Rilke’s life and times, and more importantly share some of his most powerful literary writings.

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