This book examines the intellectual climate as Rilke experienced it at the turn of the century. It draws on existing scholarship and the Rilke's own pronouncements in order to explore the major influences on the young Rilke's conception of processes of becoming.
Introduction: 'Werden' and its Variants Part I 1. The Contemporary Climate 2. Juvenilia: 1893–1899 3. Der werdende Gott': Das Stunden-Buch and its Roots 4. Dingwerdung': Theoretical Transitions 5. Neue Gedichte: 'Linear' vs. 'Circular' Process Part II 6. Immer noch Entfalten um Entfalten': A Poetics of Deferral 7. Übergang: Beginnings and Ends 8. Conclusions