Rainer Maria Rilke

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

For Hans Carossa - Poem by Rainer Maria Rilke

Losing too is still ours; and even forgetting
still has a shape in the kindgdom of transformation.
When something's let go of, it circles; and though we are
rarely the center
of the circle, it draws around us its unbroken, marvelous
curve.


Translated by Stephen Mitchell


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  • (10/11/2018 9:00:00 AM)


    This is for Poem Hunter, for if someone in your organization chose to have this transcendent poem read by a robot, it is past time to reconsider the importance of the human voice in poetry. That any poem would be read by a nonhuman voice is a grave error. That For Hans Carossa is read by a robot is a travesty. (Report) Reply

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  • (1/12/2015 11:30:00 AM)


    a superb, insightful and sympathetic poem. Would like to see the German. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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