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The life of the Virgin Mary

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The German poet Rainer Maria Rilke began work on these poems in 1900 with three short pieces, while he was engaged in The Book of Hours, but it wasn't completed until 1911. The impulse for it may have come from his memory of Russian icons depicting the Mother of God. This slight work has the framework of a biblical narrative and charts the unfolding of the divine drama, culminating in Mary's assumption into heaven. A feeling of reverence pervades the sequence of thirteen poems. Although he did not hold any orthodox beliefs, ...

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The Life of the Virgin Mary
2003, Dedalus Press, Dublin, Ireland

ISBN-13: 9781901233995

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The Life of the Virgin Mary
1972, Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN-13: 9780837156354

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