The Book Of Hours Poem Analysis

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Rainer Maria Rilke masterfully used language throughout his volume, “The Book of Hours,” to draw on many existential questions pertinent not only to his time, but they are still relevant today. Some of the major themes of his work include questioning the concepts of God and death. Rilke is writing close to the beginning of World War 1, a time which F. Scott Fitzgerald claims consists of “a new generation dedicated more than the last to the fear of poverty and the worship of success; grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken.” Although this quote came after World War 1 and “The Book of Hours” was published prior, this illustrates the type of generation that Rilke is growing with, and the influence of these dilemmas are central to Rilke’s works. I believe this idea is central to discovering the meaning behind Rilke’s poetry and deciphering his message. …show more content…
The two that primarily come into play with Rilke’s poetry are hieroglyphic and hieratic. Hieroglyphic language primarily consists of metaphor, language is used to literally translate some idea. Frye writes “All words inn this phase of language are concrete; there are no true verbal abstractions.” However, hieratic language is primarily categorized by allegory, and language is used to express internal ideas. Both of these forms of language play a large role in deciphering the purpose behind Rilke’s poetry. There are moments of both direct diction as well as symbolic representation within the work, and to truly grasp what Rilke intends, both must be

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