from John Wood’s introduction in “The Duino Elegies” with poems by Rainer Maria Rilke translated by Leslie Norris and Alan Keele
September 12, 2012 § 1 Comment
Sacabo’s photographs inspired by the Elegies, like all great Symbolist art, are not so much concerned with intellectual content as with emotional content. Their power, grace, and beauty are not lessened by saying they are built upon emotional knowledge rather than intellectual knowledge or to call them, like the Duino Elegies themselves, a product of an intuitive spirituality. Mysticism of any sort demands belief, not analytical reasoning, and great art does not need systems or mythologies to validate or infuse it with meaning.