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Rainer Maria Rilke

Prague / Czech Republic
Rainer Maria Rilke
Prague / Czech Republic

Love Song

Rating: 3.3
How can I keep my soul in me, so that
it doesn't touch your soul? How can I raise
it high enough, past you, to other things?
I would like to shelter it, among remote
lost objects, in some dark and silent place
that doesn't resonate when your depths resound.
Yet everything that touches us, me and you,
takes us together like a violin's bow,
which draws *one* voice out of two separate strings.
Upon what instrument are we two spanned?
And what musician holds us in his hand?
Oh sweetest song.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Friday, January 3, 2003
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COMMENTS
sanbro 17 May 2020
Of the four translations I have read, only the one by J. B. Leishman resonates with me in an unforced way.
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Rekha Mandagere 23 July 2018
Happy 32nd Birthday Arvind
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Rutika jadhav 20 June 2018
Woo LIFE
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Indira Rice 24 May 2018
Classic.
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Miriam Ramirez 29 November 2017
You always have the best poems
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Jane Urhobocha Ejobofor 15 February 2017
Yet everything that touches us, me and you, takes us together like a violin's bow, which draws *one* voice out of two separate strings. Upon what instrument are we two spanned? And what musician holds us in his hand? Oh sweetest song.
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Amar Agarwala 14 February 2017
Rainer Maria Rilke, is known for his dark verses... The Duino Elegies, being his greatest work. Here, in this poem on love, his forebodings are once again relevant. I enjoyed reading it.
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Douglas Scotney 14 February 2017
Vibrations of 'The Tiger
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Susan Williams 14 February 2017
A dark love song. Almost as if he resented the closeness he felt toward her.
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Marieta Maglas 14 February 2017
While searching for the truth of the things through the antagonism between beauty and suffering, or between life and death, the poet Rainer Maria Rilke found the music of love in the German folk songs. His violin had ''two separate strings'' to vibrate for one voice (the return to the first Adam) . ''God created all things (John 1: 1–3; Colossians 1: 15–20; Hebrews 1: 2) ]. The man and the woman entwined to have a spiritual communion with God. The ''violin's bow'' was an instrument used by God to touch the souls for this unique vibration of love. Much more than a song, love can change everything around.Wonderful poem. Voted 10.
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