Death Defused: Rilke’s Duino Elegies

  • Konstantin Kolenda


Rainer Maria Rilke’s Duino Elegies has been long recognised as a profound philosophical poem. It has been said that Rilke translated Nietzsche into poetry and that Heidegger translated Rilke into prose. This remark alerts us to the likelihood of finding common elements in all three thinkers, and we may indeed conclude that Rilke’s views are reminiscent of Nietzsche and anticipate Heidegger. But an examination of Rilke’s thought will disclose that he pursued his own course and did so in a unique manner.


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© Konstantin Kolenda 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Konstantin Kolenda
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  1. 1.Rice UniversityUSA

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