Thursday, March 1, 2012

Hitchens On Rilke On Eros

"The other positive and affirmative element in Rilke is his approach to Eros.  He had a high intuition about sex, both as a liberating force and also as the best riposte to the foul suggestions of death.  His seven so-called Phallic Poems are among the best non-love verses since the brave days of Marvell and the Metaphysicals; they openly announce that fucking is its own justification."

from Letters to a Young Contrarian, 2001.

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