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‘O dieses ist das Tier, das es nicht gibt’: Rilke and unicorns

I’m going to start (and end, of course) with the untitled poem from the Sonette an Orpheus that everyone cites, in often horrible translations, when they write about unicorns. Then I will take you on a magical mystery tour of unicorn lore & images – and what I want to do with this material is look at the peculiarly Rilkean angle on the trope: taking the traditional erotics of virginity associated with this myth and giving it his distinctive spatial-temporal angle of the intransitive. An unpublished paper by Professor Naomi Segal. For copyright reasons, images are not included.

Segal, Naomi (2006) ‘O dieses ist das Tier, das es nicht gibt’: Rilke and unicorns. [Discussion or Working paper] (Unpublished)

Item Type:Discussion or Working paper
Subjects:Culture, Language & Literature
Keywords:Rainer Maria Rilke, poetry, unicorns, lore, images
Divisions:Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies
Collections:IGRS Staff Papers
Deposited By:Repository Administrator
Date Deposited:08 Oct 2010 11:20
Last Modified:08 Mar 2011 16:02
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