Essay Topic 1
What are the consequences of translating Rilke's poems from German to English? What is lost in translation? Is anything gained? Why or why not? Give one specific example.
Essay Topic 2
How does Rilke use tone to convey a message? What literary techniques does he use to contribute to tone and message?
Essay Topic 3
What is the significance behind the organization of the poems? How are they organized and why? Does this contribute to the quality of the reading or the message of the poems?
Essay Topic 4
Compare and contrast the panther, gazelle, and swan poems to each other. What are the differences in message, literary devices, and rhyming techniques? Why are these devices important to the poems? What do they say about Rilke?
Essay Topic 5
What is the significance of rhyme scheme in a poem? What effect does translation have on rhyming in this book of...
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