A new translation of Rilke’s relatively neglected first work which deserves to be brought to our notice with its relevance, its questing challenge, its demands, and because in it are witnessed the seeds and early voice of the great poet. This Jungian interpretation renders the work strangely contemporary, elucidates its dense, difficult passages and shows Rilke, serving as a vessel for divine and creative conflict, exploring the consciousness of modern man.
"The Book of Hours is the grand entrance to the rest of Rilke."
"A fresh, interesting approach to a book that has befuddled many, and a must for Rilke addicts."
Christine McNeill was born in Vienna to Austrian parents, grew up there and moved to England in 1970. Dedalus Press published her translation of Rilke’s poem cycle, The Life of the Virgin Mary, in 2003. She has published three poetry collections, the latest being The Scent Gallery (Shoestring Press, 2011). She is a tutor of German and Creative Writing and lives in North Norfolk.
Patricia McCarthy is the editor of Agenda. She has had two poetry collections published and her poems are widely anthologised. A third major collection, Rodin’s Shadow, is due soon from Clutag Press. She edited a special double issue of Agenda on Rilke a few years ago.