Rainer Maria Rilke

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

Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke

81. Song Of The Orphan 1/13/2003
82. Song Of The Sea 1/13/2003
83. Spanish Dancer 1/13/2003
84. Sunset 1/3/2003
85. Telling You All 1/3/2003
86. The Apple Orchard 1/3/2003
87. The Blindman's Song 1/3/2003
88. The Future 1/13/2003
89. The Grown-Up 1/13/2003
90. The Last Evening 1/13/2003
91. The Last Supper 1/13/2003
92. The Lovers 1/3/2003
93. The Neighbor 1/13/2003
94. The Panther 1/3/2003
95. The Poet 1/3/2003
96. The Sisters 1/3/2003
97. The Song Of The Beggar 1/13/2003
98. The Song Of The Blindman 1/13/2003
99. The Song Of The Widow 1/13/2003
100. The Sonnets To Orpheus: Book 2: I 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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