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Ahead of All Parting

by Rainer Maria Rilke Stephen Mitchell

The reputation of Rainer Maria Rilke has grown steadily since his death in 1926; today he is widely considered to be the greatest poet of the twentieth century. This Modern Library edition presents Stephen Mitchell's acclaimed translations of Rilke, which have won praise for their re-creation of the poet's rich formal music and depth of thought. "If Rilke had written in English," Denis Donoghue wrote in The New York Times Book Review, "he would have written in this English." Ahead of All Parting is an abundant selection of Rilke's lifework. It contains representative poems from his early collections The Book of Hours and The Book of Pictures; many selections from the revolutionary New Poems, which drew inspiration from Rodin and Cezanne; the hitherto little-known "Requiem for a Friend"; and a generous selection of the late uncollected poems, which constitute some of his finest work. Included too are passages from Rilke's influential novel, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, and nine of his brilliant uncollected prose pieces. Finally, the book presents the poet's two greatest masterpieces in their entirety: the Duino Elegies and The Sonnets to Orpheus. "Rilke's voice, with its extraordinary combination of formality, power, speed and lightness, can be heard in Mr. Mitchell's versions more clearly than in any others," said W. S. Merwin. "His work is masterful."

Bhagavad Gita

by Stephen Mitchell

Stephen Mitchell is widely known for his ability to make ancient masterpieces thrillingly new, to step in where many have tried before and create versions that are definitive for our time. His celebrated version of the Tao Te Ching is the most popular edition in print, and his translations of Jesus, Rilke, Genesis, and Job have won the hearts of readers and critics alike. Stephen Mitchell now brings to the Bhagavad Gita his gift for breathing new life into sacred texts. The Bhagavad Gita is universally acknowledged as one of the world's literary and spiritual masterpieces. It is the core text of the Hindu tradition and has been treasured by American writers from Emerson and Thoreau to T. S. Eliot, who called it the greatest philosophical poem after the Divine Comedy. There have been more than two hundred English translations of the Gita, including many competent literal versions, but not one of them is a superlative literary text in its own right.Now all that has changed. Stephen Mitchell's Bhagavad Gita sings with the clarity, the vigor, and the intensity of the original Sanskrit. It will, as William Arrowsmith said of Mitchell's translation of The Sonnets to Orpheus, "instantly make every other rendering obsolete."From the Hardcover edition.

The Book of Job

by Stephen Mitchell

The theme of The Book of Job is nothing less than human suffering and the transcendence of it: it pulses with moral energy, outrage, and spiritual insight. Now, The Book of Job has been rendered into English by the eminent translator and scholar Stephen Mitchell, whose versions of Rilke, Israeli poetry, and the Tao Te Ching have been widely praised. This is the first time ever that the Hebrew verse of Job has been translated into verse in any language, ancient or modern, and the result is a triumph.

A Book of Psalms

by Stephen Mitchell

Psalm 93God acts within every momentand creates the world with each breath.He speaks from the center of the universe,in the silence beyond all though.Mighter than the crash of a thunderstorm,mighter than the roar of the sea,is God's voice silently speakingin the depths of the listening heart.

A Book of Psalms

by Stephen Mitchell

Psalm 93God acts within every momentand creates the world with each breath.He speaks from the center of the universe,in the silence beyond all though.Mighter than the crash of a thunderstorm,mighter than the roar of the sea,is God's voice silently speakingin the depths of the listening heart.

The Duino Elegies & The Sonnets to Orpheus

by Rainer Maria Rilke Stephen Mitchell

Available for the first time in a single volume, Ranier Maria Rilke's two most beloved sequences of poems rendered by his most faithful translator. Rilke is unquestionably the twentieth century's most significant and compelling poet of romantic transformation and spiritual quest. His poems of ecstatic identification with the world exert perennial fascination. In Stephen Mitchell's versions of Rilke's two greatest masterpieces readers will discover an English rendering that captures the lyric intensity, fluency, and reach of his poetry. Stephen Mitchell adheres impeccably to Rilke's text, to his formal music, and to the complexity of his thought; at the same time, Mitchell's work has authority and power as poetry in its own right.

The Enlightened Heart

by Stephen Mitchell

An anthology of poetry chosen from the world's great religious and literary traditions--the perfect companion to the bestselling Tao Te Ching.* The Upanishads * The Book of Psalms * Lao-tzu * The Bhagavad Gita * Chuang-tzu * The Odes of Solomon * Seng-ts'an * Han-shan * Li Po * Tu Fu * Layman P'ang * Kukai * Tung-shan * Symeon the New Theologian * Izumi Shikibu * Su Tung-p'o * Hildegard of Bingen * Francis of Assisi * Wu-men * Dõgen * Rumi * Mechthild of Magdeburg * Dante * Kabir Mirabai * William Shakespeare * George Herbert * Bunan * Gensei * Angelus Silesius * Thomas Traherne * Basho * William Blake * Ryõkan * Issa * Ghalib * Bibi Hayati * Wait Whitman * Emily Dickinson * Gerard Manley Hopkins * Uvavnuk * Anonymous Navaho * W. B. Yeats * Antonio Machado * Rainer Maria Rilke * Wallace Stevens * D.H. Lawrence * Robinson Jeffers *

The Enlightened Heart

by Stephen Mitchell

An anthology of poetry chosen from the world's great religious and literary traditions--the perfect companion to the bestselling Tao Te Ching. The Upanishads The Book of Psalms Lao-tzu The Bhagavad Gita Chuang-tzu The Odes of Solomon Seng-ts'an Han-shan Li Po Tu Fu Layman P'ang Kukai Tung-shan Symeon the New Theologian Izumi Shikibu Su Tung-p'o Hildegard of Bingen Francis of Assisi Wu-men DÕgen Rumi Mechthild of Magdeburg Dante Kabir Mirabai William Shakespeare George Herbert Bunan Gensei Angelus Silesius Thomas Traherne Basho William Blake RyÕkan Issa Ghalib Bibi Hayati Wait Whitman Emily Dickinson Gerard Manley Hopkins Uvavnuk Anonymous Navaho W. B. Yeats Antonio Machado Rainer Maria Rilke Wallace Stevens D.H. Lawrence Robinson Jeffers

Full Woman, Fleshly Apple, Hot Moon: Selected Poems of Pablo Neruda

by Stephen Mitchell Pablo Neruda

Selected poems translated from the body of work by the late Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda, rendered by the acclaimed translator Stephen Mitchell. Bilingual edition.

Genesis

by Stephen Mitchell

In this highly acclaimed translation, Stephen Mitchell conveys in English the simplicity, dignity and powerful earthiness of the original Hebrew. More than just interpreting it, he also separates stories that were combined by scribes centuries after they were written, explaining their sources and omitting all verses that are recognized as scribal additions. Like removing coat after coat of lacquer from a once-vibrant masterpiece, this allows readers to appreciate the clarity of the original tales.Genesis is an extraordinarily beautiful book that is accessible in a way that no other translation has ever been. It will shed new light on readers' understanding of this seminal work of sacred scripture.

Genesis

by Stephen Mitchell

In this highly acclaimed translation, Stephen Mitchell conveys in English the simplicity, dignity and powerful earthiness of the original Hebrew. More than just interpreting it, he also separates stories that were combined by scribes centuries after they were written, explaining their sources and omitting all verses that are recognized as scribal additions. Like removing coat after coat of lacquer from a once-vibrant masterpiece, this allows readers to appreciate the clarity of the original tales. Genesis is an extraordinarily beautiful book that is accessible in a way that no other translation has ever been. It will shed new light on readers' understanding of this seminal work of sacred scripture.

Gilgamesh

by Stephen Mitchell

The hero is 16 feet tall. He is the king of Uruk, in the Iraq of about 2750 BCE, and he is a despot, running afoul of even the gods. The man who is his soul mate, lover and spouse is Enkidu, who was once wild and naked but was tamed by the erotic ministrations of a temple priestess. When their preemptive strike on a monster of evil results in the death of Enkidu, Gilgamesh's desperate mourning and search for a way to avoid a similar fate leads him to understand, at the end of the world, that the best ...

The Gospel According to Jesus

by Stephen Mitchell

A dazzling presentation of the life and teachings of Jesus by the eminent scholar and translator Stephen Mitchell.

The Gospel According to Jesus

by Stephen Mitchell

A dazzling presentation of the life and teachings of Jesus by the eminent scholar and translator Stephen Mitchell.

A History of the Later Roman Empire, AD 284641

by Stephen Mitchell

The Second Edition of A History of the Later Roman Empire features extensive revisions and updates to the highly-acclaimed, sweeping historical survey of the Roman Empire from the accession of Diocletian in AD 284 to the death of Heraclius in 641. Features a revised narrative of the political history that shaped the late Roman EmpireIncludes extensive changes to the chapters on regional history, especially those relating to Asia Minor and EgyptOffers a renewed evaluation of the decline of the empire in the later sixth and seventh centuriesPlaces a larger emphasis on the military deficiencies, collapse of state finances, and role of bubonic plague throughout the Europe in Rome's declineIncludes systematic updates to the bibliography

Letters to a Young Poet

by Rainer Maria Rilke Stephen Mitchell

Letters written over a period of several years on the vocation of writing by a poet whose greatest work was still to come.From the Paperback edition.

One God

by Stephen Mitchell Peter Van Nuffelen

Graeco-Roman religion in its classic form was polytheistic; on the other hand, monotheistic ideas enjoyed wide currency in ancient philosophy. This contradiction provides a challenge for our understanding of ancient pagan religion. Certain forms of cult activity, including acclamations of 'one god' and the worship of theos hypsistos, the highest god, have sometimes been interpreted as evidence for pagan monotheism. This book discusses pagan monotheism in its philosophical and intellectual context, traces the evolution of new religious ideas in the time of the Roman empire, and evaluates the usefulness of the term 'monotheism' as a way of understanding these developments in later antiquity outside the context of Judaism and Christianity. In doing so, it establishes a new framework for understanding the relationship between polytheistic and monotheistic religious cultures between the first and fourth centuries AD.

Parables and Portraits

by Stephen Mitchell

A revised edition of the first book of poems by Stephen Mitchell, the renowned translator of Rilke's poetry, The Book of Job, and the Tao Te Ching. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Parables and Portraits

by Stephen Mitchell

A revised edition of the first book of poems by Stephen Mitchell, the renowned translator of Rilke's poetry, The Book of Job, and the Tao Te Ching. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

The Second Book of the Tao

by Stephen Mitchell

Enhanced by Stephen Mitchell's illuminating commentary, the next volume of the classic manual on the art of living The most widely translated book in world literature after the Bible, Lao-tzu's Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, is the classic manual on the art of living. Following the phenomenal success of his own version of the Tao Te Ching, renowned scholar and translator Stephen Mitchell has composed the innovative The Second Book of the Tao. Drawn from the work of Lao-tzu's disciple Chuang-tzu and Confucius's grandson Tzussu, The Second Book of the Tao offers Western readers a path into reality that has nothing to do with Taoism or Buddhism or old or new alone, but everything to do with truth. Mitchell has selected the freshest, clearest teachings from these two great students of the Tao and adapted them into versions that reveal the poetry, depth, and humor of the original texts with a thrilling new power. Alongside each adaptation, Mitchell includes his own commentary, at once explicating and complementing the text. This book is a twenty-first-century form of ancient wisdom, bringing a new, homemade sequel to the Tao Te Ching into the modern world. Mitchell's renditions are radiantly lucid; they dig out the vision that's hiding beneath the words; they grab the text by the scruff of the neck--by its heart, really--and let its essential meanings fall out. The book introduces us to a cast of vivid characters, most of them humble artisans or servants, who show us what it means to be in harmony with the way things are. Its wisdom provides a psychological and moral acuity as deep as the Tao Te Ching itself. The Second Book of the Tao is a gift to contemporary readers, granting us access to our own fundamental wisdom. Mitchell's meditations and risky reimagining of the original texts are brilliant and liberating, not least because they keep catching us off-guard, opening up the heavens where before we saw a roof. He makes the ancient teachings at once modern, relevant, and timeless. Listen to a special podcast with Stephen Mitchell: .

The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke

by Rainer Maria Rilke Stephen Mitchell Robert Hass

"This miracle of a book, perhaps the most beautiful group of poetic translations this century has ever produced," (Chicago Tribune) should stand as the definitive English language version.From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Selected Poetry Of Yehuda Amichai

by Stephen Mitchell C. K. Williams Yehuda Amichai Chana Bloch

Yehuda Amichai (1924-2000) was Israel's most popular poet, as well as a literary figure of international reputation. In this collection, renowned translators Chana Bloch and Stephen Mitchell have selected Amichai's most beloved poems, including forty poems from his later work. A new foreword by C.K. Williams, written especially for this edition, addresses Amichai's enduring legacy and sets his poetry in the context of the new millennium.

Tao Te Ching

by Stephen Mitchell

Lao-tzu's Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, is the classic manual on the art of living and one of the wonders of the world. In eighty-one brief chapters, the Tao Te Ching llods at the basic predicatment of being alive and gives advice that imparts balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit. This book is about wisdom in action. It teaches how wo work for the good with the efforless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao (the basic principle of the universe) and applies equally to good government and sexual love, to childrearing, business, and ecology.The Tao Te Ching is the most widely traslated book in world literature, after the Bible. Yet the gemlike lucidity of the original has eluded most previous translations, and they have obscured some of its central ideas. Now the Tao Te ching has been rendered into English by the eminent scholar and traslator Stephen Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell's Dropping Ashes on the Buddha is a modern Zen classic, and his translations of Rilke and of the Book of Job have already been called definitive for our time.

Tao Te Ching

by Stephen Mitchell Lao Tzu

Lao-tzu's Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, is the classic manual on the art of living and one of the wonders of the world. In eighty-one brief chapters, the Tao Te Ching looks at the basic predicament of being alive and gives advice that imparts balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit. This book is about wisdom in action. It teaches how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao (the basic principle of the universe) and applies equally to good government and sexual love, to childrearing, business, and ecology.<P> The Tao Te Ching is the most widely translated book in world literature, after the Bible. Yet the gemlike lucidity of the original has eluded most previous translations, and they have obscured some of its central ideas. Now the Tao Te ching has been rendered into English by the eminent scholar and translator Stephen Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell's Dropping Ashes on the Buddha is a modern Zen classic, and his translations of Rilke and of the Book of Job have already been called definitive for our time.

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