In popular culture, his work is frequently quoted on the subject of love or of angels and referenced in television programs, motion pictures, music and other artistic works, in New Age philosophy and theology, and in self-help books. Rilke depicted this infinite, transcendental beauty with the symbol of angels. And I went out to caress old Muzot, just now, in the moonlight. Insel-Verlag, Because of the profound impact that duinfsi war had on him, Rilke expressed elefie hope in a letter that the task of the intellectual in a post-war world would be to render the world right.
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Within days, he produced drafts of the first two elegies in the series of ten and drafted passages and fragments that would later be incorporated into later elegies, including the opening passage of the 10th elegy. The Duino Elegies are recognised by critics and scholars as his most important work and one of the chief transitional works between the apex of German Romanticism and Modernist poetry.
They are ten intensely religious, mystical poems that weigh beauty and existential suffering. Rilke finished the work in Switzerland after a ten-year period where depression and an existential crisis rendered him unable to continue writing. Upon publication in , Rilke dedicated the work to the Princess, who he esteemed as one of his greatest patrons and closest friends. It was constructed in by the forced-labour organisation TODT for the German navy to defend the naval base of Sistiana against a possible Allied attack.
The Bunker was used as air-raid shelter for the people of Duino, before it was armoured with a cannon by the Germans. From to , it was used by the Brits as a fuel store. The Bunker was opened to the public by the Princes della Torre e Tasso in March to witness those tragic years.
The Castle The Castle of Duino was erected during the 14th century on the ruins of a Roman military outpost and during the 17th century it began to acquire its status as a cultural and humanistic centre, one that it maintains to this day. It is possible to visit more than 18 rooms of the Castle, full of testimonies telling the long history of the family of the Princes della Torre e Tasso. Not to miss: the Palladio Staircase a masterpiece of architecture! Set up on different levels, the park displays extensive cascades of flowers of many types that form splashes of colours within the classical Mediterranean vegetation.
You will be able to see many statues across the park, as well as an ancient well with the family crest. More than The Castle itself dates back to , when the Wallsee family commanded the construction of a strong fortress. Over time, the Wallsee family disappeared and the Castle, after having been used as a prison, became the residence of the Hofer, Captains of Austria. The Thurn-Hofer Valsassina family keeps the Castle which will officially be attributed to them by Emperor Leopold in It remains with the family to the present day with his great-great-grandson Prince Dimitri della Torre e Tasso, born in The Castle and its park have been partially opened to the public since Visits when you come to the castle Planning a visit?
Find out here all you need to know! Seasonal opening will start on March the 23rd when the Castle will be open every day except Tuesdays.