I had a chance to do a presentation of several of Rilke's poems a couple of months ago and was able to compare several different English translations of some of the same poems. While I certainly can't claim to have made a scholarly or comprehensive study of all translations, Macy's were the ones that touched me most deeply. Hearing her read "On to a Vast Plain" again after several months was a powerful experience. Like a thing ripened until it is real, these poems will unfold their depth with multiple exposures.
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