Book Description: Available for the first time in a single volume, Ranier Maria Rilkeâ€™s two most beloved sequences of poems rendered by his most faithful translator. Rilke is unquestionably the twentieth centuryâ€™s most significant and compelling poet of romantic transformation and spiritual quest. His poems of ecstatic identification with the world exert perennial fascination. In Stephen Mitchellâ€™s versions of Rilkeâ€™s two greatest masterpieces readers will discover an English rendering that captures the lyric intensity, fluency, and reach of his poetry. Stephen Mitchell adheres impeccably to Rilkeâ€™s text, to his formal music, and to the complexity of his thought; at the same time, Mitchellâ€™s work has authority and power as poetry in its own right.