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Black Cat - Poem by Rainer Maria Rilke

A ghost, though invisible, still is like a place
your sight can knock on, echoing; but here
within this thick black pelt, your strongest gaze
will be absorbed and utterly disappear:

just as a raving madman, when nothing else
can ease him, charges into his dark night
howling, pounds on the padded wall, and feels
the rage being taken in and pacified.

She seems to hide all looks that have ever fallen
into her, so that, like an audience,
she can look them over, menacing and sullen,
and curl to sleep with them. But all at once

as if awakened, she turns her face to yours;
and with a shock, you see yourself, tiny,
inside the golden amber of her eyeballs
suspended, like a prehistoric fly.


Comments about Black Cat by Rainer Maria Rilke

  • Gold Star - 11,942 Points A. Madhavan (7/20/2017 9:29:00 PM)

    I find this poem very symbolic and evocative, especially in its sense of disproportion, as in Alice by Lewis Carroll:
    the admirer in the audience suddenly sees himself as a speck in a mob photo, in her eye. Worth selection. AM (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 5,539 Points Rod Mendieta (12/31/2016 12:38:00 PM)

    As to the gender confusion mentioned below, bear in mind only that cat is a feminine noun in German and the original title is Schwartze Katze, with the e ending on the adjective schwartz denoting the female gender, as opposed to the er ending on male adjectives, e.g., schwartzer Mann. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 148,934 Points Rajnish Manga (7/8/2016 2:30:00 AM)

    The superstitions often linked with cats have been superbly portrayed by the poet. The expression is extremely captivating. I would like to quote a few lines as under:
    you see yourself, tiny,
    inside the golden amber of her eyeballs
    suspended, like a prehistoric fly. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Cat

  1. 1. Black Cat , Rainer Maria Rilke
  2. 2. The Owl And The Pussy-Cat , Edward Lear
  3. 3. Poem (As The Cat) , William Carlos Williams
  4. 4. A Cat , Edward Thomas
  5. 5. Lullaby For The Cat , Elizabeth Bishop
  6. 6. Having Slept, The Cat Gets Up , Kobayashi Issa
  7. 7. Tame Cat , Ezra Pound
  8. 8. The Cat And The Moon , William Butler Yeats
  9. 9. Pussy-Cat , Spike Milligan
  10. 10. For I Will Consider My Cat Jeoffry (Exce.. , Christopher Smart
  11. 11. Ode On The Death Of A Favourite Cat Drow.. , Thomas Gray
  12. 12. To Mrs Reynolds' Cat , John Keats
  13. 13. Ad Lesbiam, Cat. Ep. 73 , Richard Lovelace
  14. 14. The Cat And The Sea , Ronald Stuart Thomas
  15. 15. A Cat Named Frank , Marilyn Lott
  16. 16. The Poem Cat , Erica Jong
  17. 17. The Cat Of Cats , William Brighty Rands
  18. 18. Cat , David SmithWhite
  19. 19. Cat Scat , Eamon Grennan
  20. 20. In Lesbiam Cat. Ep. 76. , Richard Lovelace
  21. 21. To A Cat , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  22. 22. Cat Island , Thom Gunn
  23. 23. The Mysterious Cat , Vachel Lindsay
  24. 24. A Cat , Louise Bizzari
  25. 25. Free Cat , Chuck Audette
  26. 26. Cat Among The Chickens , Nick Hilton
  27. 27. ! Cat Skills , Michael Shepherd
  28. 28. The Cat Is Free , Adeline Foster
  29. 29. The Young Rat And His Dam, The Cock And .. , Anne Kingsmill Finch
  30. 30. Cat-Pie , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  31. 31. The Cat , Jibanananda Das
  32. 32. (310) Our Cat (Tiger) , Melvina Germain
  33. 33. The Cat That Came To Tea , sylvia spencer
  34. 34. No-Name The Cat , David Lewis Paget
  35. 35. Cat Lover , Michael Philips
  36. 36. A Cat In Residence , shimon weinroth
  37. 37. Separate Cat , Lonnie Hicks
  38. 38. Mistress Gurton's Cat , Mary Darby Robinson
  39. 39. 003: The Cat Tray , Colin Johnston
  40. 40. The Cat , Leo Yankevich
  41. 41. Mah-Ve-Lous Cat...(Humor) * , elysabeth faslund
  42. 42. My Cat , Otteri Selvakumar
  43. 43. Sister Cat , Frances Mayes
  44. 44. Who Will Bell The Cat? , Dr Kamran Haider Bukhari
  45. 45. Funny - Fat Cat , Rita El Khoury
  46. 46. The Life Of A Cat , Laurence Overmire
  47. 47. The Eagle, The Sow, And The Cat , Anne Kingsmill Finch
  48. 48. The Cool Cat , Jasmine Aira
  49. 49. The Cat , Linda Ori
  50. 50. ****paradise-Patsy The Cat , Coach Roth
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