Lecture by Christoph König, June 21, 2015
LECTURES SCEPTIQUES DES «SONNETS À ORPHÉE» DE RILKE / A SCEPTICAL READING OF RILKE’S “SONNETS TO ORPHEUS”
Christoph König will read from his most recent book, which takes as its theme the poem «O komm und geh» (O come and go) from the Sonnets to Orpheus. His aim is twofold. He offers an interpretation of the poem while making manifest the conditions of his interpretation. His reading considers Rilke’s idiomatic expressions, his idiosyncratic appropriation of the literary tradition, his correspondence, the 55 sonnets as his sonoric world and, most importantly, his poetry’s self-reflexivity. He draws a novel picture of Rilke. In place of the popular, esoteric, philosophical, or mystical author, König sets the skeptic, a poet whose oeuvre interrogates the very conditions of possibility of poetic knowledge become tangible.