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The Rilke Alphabet$
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Ulrich Baer

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823256280

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823256280.001.0001

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The Rilke Alphabet
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Ulrich Baer

, Andrew Hamilton
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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823256280.003.0021

In his Duino Elegies Rilke addressed the fundamental questions of man living in a secular age: who am I? Why am I here? What is my purpose? The chapter explains how Rilke’s poetry insists on the immanence of existence, and rejects any faith in transcendence or an afterlife.

Keywords:   Giorgio Agamben, Martin Heidegger, World War I, Elegy

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