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The Rilke Alphabet

Ulrich Baer


The Rilke Alphabet examines key terms in Rilke’s poetry, letters and prose to reveal major themes in his work, such as love, death, immanence, beauty, art, faith, suffering, hope. The book examines controversial words that indicate Rilke’s political commitments, including his short-lived admiration for Mussolini, his personal beliefs, including his support for non-traditional relationships, and unexpected likings, for Buddhism and female mystics.

Keywords: Mussolini, Buddhism, Brecht, Anti-Semitism, Africans, Mystics, Same-sex love, Death, Love, Beauty, Faith

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780823256280
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823256280.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ulrich Baer, author
New York University