Rainer Maria Rilke

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

Love Song

Poem by Rainer Maria Rilke

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.


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  • sanbro (5/17/2020 11:43:00 AM)

    Of the four translations I have read, only the one by J. B. Leishman resonates with me in an unforced way.(Report)Reply

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  • Rekha Mandagere (7/23/2018 11:10:00 PM)

    Happy 32nd Birthday Arvind(Report)Reply

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  • Rutika jadhav (6/20/2018 8:47:00 AM)

    Woo LIFE(Report)Reply

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  • Indira Rice (5/24/2018 5:59:00 AM)

    Classic.(Report)Reply

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  • Miriam Ramirez (11/29/2017 5:25:00 PM)

    You always have the best poems(Report)Reply

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  • Jane Urhobocha EjoboforJane Urhobocha Ejobofor (2/15/2017 3:26:00 PM)

    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.(Report)Reply

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  • Amar AgarwalaAmar Agarwala (2/14/2017 9:51:00 PM)

    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.(Report)Reply

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  • Douglas Scotney (2/14/2017 6:29:00 PM)

    Vibrations of 'The Tiger(Report)Reply

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (2/14/2017 5:40:00 PM)

    A dark love song. Almost as if he resented the closeness he felt toward her.(Report)Reply

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  • Marieta MaglasMarieta Maglas (2/14/2017 1:09:00 PM)

    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.(Report)Reply

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  • Alex SarichAlex Sarich (2/14/2017 11:42:00 AM)

    what words, expressed brilliantly. +10(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (2/14/2017 9:12:00 AM)

    draws one voice out of two separate strings.
    Perfect confluence of souls marvelously portrayed.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (2/14/2017 8:12:00 AM)

    Enough. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Pranab K ChakrabortyPranab K Chakraborty (2/14/2017 7:38:00 AM)

    So profound the miraculous power of depicting the ultimate. Words perhaps follow the genius to give them strength of expounding meaning again which has been strengthless by overuse by random talking ! Great post by PH. Thanks.(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvaonyema UbaSylvaonyema Uba (2/14/2017 4:24:00 AM)

    How can I keep my soul in me...

    Rhetoric well expressed.
    Nice piece of poem.

    Sylva.(Report)Reply

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  • Indira RenganathanIndira Renganathan (2/14/2017 3:12:00 AM)

    Sweet and musical- 10(Report)Reply

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  • Tom Allport (2/14/2017 2:03:00 AM)

    lovely poem about togetherness and being in tune with each other?(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (2/14/2017 12:52:00 AM)

    Sweetest song...... thanks fir sharing.....(Report)Reply

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  • Prem KatochPrem Katoch (2/14/2017 12:39:00 AM)

    It is beautiful. Takes you to another world, pleasant and dreamy(Report)Reply

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  • Upendra Upm (2/14/2017 12:27:00 AM)

    Let the soul and spirit be on its wings.May be that will transcend love, need of love., that in fact is in perpetual evolution among all other competing things.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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