Rainer Maria Rilke

Prague / Czech Republic
Rainer Maria Rilke
Prague / Czech Republic
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Moving Forward

Rating: 2.9
The deep parts of my life pour onward,
as if the river shores were opening out.
It seems that things are more like me now,
That I can see farther into paintings.
I feel closer to what language can't reach.
With my senses, as with birds, I climb
into the windy heaven, out of the oak,
in the ponds broken off from the sky
my falling sinks, as if standing on fishes.
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COMMENTS
Allen 19 March 2019
Please correct " Falling" to " Feeling" sinking, in the last line!
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Jacinthe 01 November 2018
The translation of Gefuhl in the last line of the poem is wrong: it is not 'falling' but FEELING. It then makes sense.
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Allen 19 March 2019
YES, absolutely, it should be " feeling" .
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Susan Williams 14 February 2017
Again there is darkness yet that spear of light that comes down mid poem- -magnificent author
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Ratnakar Mandlik 14 February 2017
Simply superb poem with equally superb flight of imagination.
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Sarah Stimson 21 April 2016
Does anyone know of a collection that this poem is in? It is my favorite poem but I can't find it printed in any Rilke collections. Please help! Sarah sarahkstimson@gmail.com
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chuck bender 26 August 2019
Robert Bly's Selected Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke
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Margaret O Driscoll 29 February 2016
A wonderful description of growing in faith
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Paula Coykendall 18 April 2007
I use this poem as a letter-head on my personal stationary; It perfectly describes the feeling I had after surviving a very difficult period in my life, and seeing the inner-growth and clarity which resulted.
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