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In the Image of Orpheus: RILKE - A Soul History

Daniel Joseph Polikoff

In the Image of Orpheus tells the inner story of Rilke’s literary career, tracing—step-by-step—the mythopoetic journey inscribed in the interweaving lines of the poet’s life and art. Blending biography with in-depth analyses of Rilke’s poetry and prose (from his little-known Visions of Christ through Sonnets to Orpheus), the lively narrative draws on James Hillman and C. G. Jung, Plato, and Petrarch, Apuleius, Ibn Arabi, and Lou Andreas-Salomé, as it unfolds the poet-seer’s vision of the nature and destiny of the human soul—a vision as timely as it is timeless.

CONTENTS

Introduction

BOOK ONE ETERNAL YOUTH: Prague to Paris
PART I: REALISM IN RELIGION
1. Bohemian Melodies
2. Eternal Illusion
3. Laid in the Hands of Lou
4. On a Background of Gold
5. Nothing but Prayer

PART II: DEATH AND THE MAIDEN
6. What Bridges Lead to Images
7. Black Glint
8. The Last House
9. Strange Violin

BOOK TWO LOVE’S LABORS: Paris to Muzot
PART III: BY BEAUTY AND BY FEAR
10. Stone in You and Star
11. Enchanted One
12. Döden . . . Döden
13. Tapestries, Abelone . . .

PART IV: BEING AND SONG
14. This Landscape that Prophesies
15 Who, if I Cried . . .
16. Full Sphere and Orb of Being
17. Hammers of the Heart
18. Pure Transcendence
19. Fountain-Mouth
20. Are We Now the Hearers

Afterword
Appendices




Praise for In the Image of Orpheus:

“Equal parts incisive literary criticism and powerful spiritual reflection.... Meticulously charting the progress of Rilke’s remarkable and complex poetic achievement, Polikoff traces also Rilke’s passage through a life’s and the soul’s passions.... A book for any and every admirer of Rilke’s poetry.”
DAVID ST. JOHN, a poet, teaches at the University of Southern California and is the author of The Red Leaves of Night

“Daniel Polikoff has written a profound book that opens a new horizon in our understanding of Rilke. The splendid style of the writing, the breadth of cultural erudition, the coherence of the biographical narrative all contribute to the achievement, but these reflect something of larger import. By focusing the powerful lens of Jungian depth psychology, particularly Hillman’s archetypal psychology, on Rilke’s life and work, In the Image of Orpheus carries us deeper into the interior of the poet’s imaginative landscape than ever before. It is difficult to conceive of a study that might bring greater psychological subtlety and spiritual insight to the evolution of this complex, deep-souled poet. One ends with new appreciation of both the power of art in forging a soul, and the centrality of the soul in the creation of great art.”
RICHARD TARNAS, Professor of Philosophy and Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies, author of The Passion of the Western Mind and Cosmos and Psyche

“Rilke goes on speaking to us, for us, and for his own rare self. Polikoff’s generous journey through a life’s work demonstrates the poet’s ultimate affirmation and may transform your sense of what it means to fully honor the soul.”
JOHN FELSTINER, Professor Emeritus at Stanford University, is the author of Translating Neruda: The Way to Macchu Picchu



“The best study on Rilke I have read in English.... A superb piece of academic scholarship and much more.... This book offers an education not only in Rilke and Hillman, but also in what soul-making means in a person’s life.”
LUDWIG FISCHER teaches German language, literature, culture, and comparative mythology at Wilamette University in Salem, Oregon, and produces In the Temple of Listening: The Poetic Vision of Rainer Maria Rilke


“This book is a masterpiece that will change your vision of Rilke’s poetry and inner journey forever. Rilke is the Rumi of western civilization, an indispensable guide to the deepest mysteries of inner transformation. It is the peculiar greatness of this book to offer us at last a luminous and comprehensive map of Rilke’s life and work, and to provide us with readings of his poems that lift us into the atmosphere of their majesty and truth.”
ANDREW HARVEY, author of Song of the Sun: The Life, Poetry & Teachings of Rumi and The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism



784 pp.  
6" x 9"
Illustrations: 43 black and white

Chiron Publications

Paperback
$35.00

Published:  August 2011

978-1-888602-52-4




Poet, translator, and independent scholar Daniel Polikoff received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Cornell University and his Diploma in Waldorf Education from Rudolf Steiner College. In addition to work in numerous literary journals and anthologies, he has published two collections of poetry (Dragon Ship and The Hands of Stars) as well as Parzival/Gawain: Two Plays, his edited translation of a dramatic version of the Grail legend. Dr. Polikoff has taught literature in Waldorf schools and shared his passion for Rilke in a wide variety of venues, including the Festival of Archetypal Psychology at Notre Dame (where the idea for In the Image of Orpheus was born); the San Francisco Jung Society; and seminars in literary circles. He resides with his wife Monika and two children in the San Francisco Bay area. See all books by Daniel Joseph Polikoff


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