The Evolution Of a Poet
RAINER MARIA RILKE
It seems an unlikely story. An unhappy, somewhat affected young man from turn-of-the-century Prague begins his career as a highly imitative versifier. By dint of hard work and ascetic discipline, he becomes a poet, indeed the foremost European poet of his generation. He dies in 1926, but for the next 60 years, poets from all over the world-from Boris Pasternak in Russia to Ranclall Jarrell in America-claim him as their inspira- tion and model. This man, Rainer Maria...