Rainer Maria Rilke

Prague / Czech Republic
Rainer Maria Rilke
Prague / Czech Republic
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Love Song

Rating: 3.4
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?
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COMMENTS
Tam 13 February 2021
Your translation is seriously BROKEN. Good luck.
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Tam 13 February 2021
I first read this poem when translated by Herter Norton. And fell in love with it.
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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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