The Duino Elegies are a collection of ten poems written by Rainer Maria
Rilke (1875–1926), a Bohemian-Austrian poet. The elegies are intensely
religious, mystical poems that employ a rich symbolism of angels and
salvation weighing beauty and existential suffering while addressing
issues such as the limits of the human condition, loneliness, love and
death. Rilke began writing the elegies in 1912 while a guest of Princess
Marie von Thurn und Taxis (1855–1934) at Duino Castle near Trieste,
and they were dedicated to her upon publication. Aside from brief
episodes of writing in 1913 and 1915, Rilke did not return to the work
until a few years after the end of World War I. With a sudden, renewed
inspiration—writing in a frantic pace he described as a "boundless
storm, a hurricane of the spirit"—he completed the collection in
February 1922 while staying at Château de Muzot in Veyras, Switzerland.
The delay in completing the work was because he suffered frequently from
severe depression caused by the events of the war. The Duino Elegies are
recognized by critics and scholars as his most important work, and have
influenced many subsequent poets and writers.
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