Rainer Maria Rilke

(4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926 / Prague / Czech Republic)

Rainer Maria Rilke Poems

1. You, you only, exist 1/3/2003
2. You, Darkness 12/27/2003
3. You Who Never Arrived 1/3/2003
4. World Was In The Face Of The Beloved 1/13/2003
5. Woman in Love 1/3/2003
6. What Survives 1/13/2003
7. What Fields Are As Fragrant As Your Hands? 1/13/2003
8. What Birds Plunge Through Is Not The Intimate Space 1/13/2003
9. Water Lily 1/13/2003
10. Venetian Morning 1/13/2003
11. To Say Before Going to Sleep 1/3/2003
12. To Music 1/13/2003
13. To Lou Andreas-Salome 1/13/2003
14. The Wait 1/13/2003
15. The Voices 1/13/2003
16. The Unicorn 1/3/2003
17. The Swan 1/13/2003
18. The Spanish Dancer 1/3/2003
19. The Sonnets To Orpheus: XXV 1/13/2003
20. The Sonnets To Orpheus: XIX 1/13/2003

Archaic Torso of Apollo

We cannot know his legendary head
with eyes like ripening fruit. And yet his torso
is still suffused with brilliance from inside,
like a lamp, in which his gaze, now turned to low,

gleams in all its power. Otherwise
the curved breast could not dazzle you so, nor could
a smile run through the placid hips and thighs
to that dark center where procreation flared.

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