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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

Ulrich Baer

, Andrew Hamilton
Fordham University Press

The chapter interprets Rilke’s Requiem for his friend, the painter Paula Moderson-Becker, in light of some uncommon words that refer to bodily function and suggest that the experience of mourning includes physical pain. Rilke’s poems find a way of presenting pain without using metaphor. Samuel Beckett identified and criticized this dimension of Rilke’s poetry, which finds its parallel in Joyce’s

Keywords:   Paula Moderson-Becker, Clara Rilke, Death, Elegy, Mourning, Samuel Beckett, James Joyce

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