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A Ringing GlassThe Life of Rainer Maria Rilke$
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Donald Prater

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198158912

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158912.001.0001

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A World at War 1913–1919

A World at War 1913–1919

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(p.222) VI A World at War 1913–1919
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A Ringing Glass
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Donald Prater

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158912.003.0006

Rilke stayed in Munich during the First World War. At one moment he thought of joining Rolland's Red Cross work in Geneva, for the chance of serving the universal rather than the merely patriotic cause. Rilke dutifully contributed, through Marie Taxis, to an anthology published in Vienna for war charities – a poem written years earlier, oddly enough on England's patron saint. Against the background of war, he later wrote the Fourth Elegy in addition to his cycle of Elegies.

Keywords:   Rilke, First World War, Geneva, Marie Taxis, Fourth Elegy, Elegies

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