Love in Paramyth: On Rilke's Figuration of the Orpheus Myth

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This essay discusses the Orpheus myth, its sources, and its meaning as well as its role in art and literature, in the context of current theories of myth. In particular, it considers Rilke’s reception of Orpheus in The Sonnets to Orpheus as well as in his early narrative poem from 1904 to 1905, “Orpheus. Eurydice. Hermes,” the only poem that bears Orpheus in its title. The focus of the interpretation is on Rilke’s revision of myth: the poet makes use of the Orpheus myth to exemplify his distinctive conception of love. Special attention is given to how the representation of Eurydice in “Orpheus. Eurydice. Hermes” already embodies Rilke’s view of unpossessive love that becomes central in his later works.
OriginalspracheEnglisch
TitelRilke's SONNETS TO ORPHEUS : PHILOSOPHICAL AND CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES
Redakteure/-innenHannah Vandegrift Eldridge, Luke Fischer
Anzahl der Seiten16
Band1
ErscheinungsortOxford
VerlagOxford University Press
Datum20.06.2019
Auflage1
Seiten178-193
Aufsatznummer6.
ISBN (Print)978-0-19-068542-3
ISBN (elektronisch)978-0-19-068541-6
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PublikationsstatusErschienen - 20.06.2019

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