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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 - 10,762 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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  • Silver Star - 4,238 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 - 128,877 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. For I Will Consider My Cat Jeoffry (Exce.. , Christopher Smart
  5. 5. Lullaby For The Cat , Elizabeth Bishop
  6. 6. A Cat , Edward Thomas
  7. 7. Tame Cat , Ezra Pound
  8. 8. Pussy-Cat , Spike Milligan
  9. 9. The Cat And The Moon , William Butler Yeats
  10. 10. Having Slept, The Cat Gets Up , Kobayashi Issa
  11. 11. Ad Lesbiam, Cat. Ep. 73 , Richard Lovelace
  12. 12. To Mrs Reynolds' Cat , John Keats
  13. 13. Ode On The Death Of A Favourite Cat Drow.. , Thomas Gray
  14. 14. The Cat And The Sea , Ronald Stuart Thomas
  15. 15. The Poem Cat , Erica Jong
  16. 16. Cat Scat , Eamon Grennan
  17. 17. A Cat Named Frank , Marilyn Lott
  18. 18. The Cat Of Cats , William Brighty Rands
  19. 19. Cat , David SmithWhite
  20. 20. In Lesbiam Cat. Ep. 76. , Richard Lovelace
  21. 21. Free Cat , Chuck Audette
  22. 22. To A Cat , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  23. 23. Cat Island , Thom Gunn
  24. 24. Cat-Pie , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  25. 25. A Cat , Louise Bizzari
  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. The Cat , Jibanananda Das
  31. 31. (310) Our Cat (Tiger) , Melvina Germain
  32. 32. The Cat That Came To Tea , sylvia spencer
  33. 33. The Mysterious Cat , Vachel Lindsay
  34. 34. No-Name The Cat , David Lewis Paget
  35. 35. Separate Cat , Lonnie Hicks
  36. 36. Mistress Gurton's Cat , Mary Darby Robinson
  37. 37. 003: The Cat Tray , Colin Johnston
  38. 38. The Cat , Leo Yankevich
  39. 39. Mah-Ve-Lous Cat...(Humor) * , elysabeth faslund
  40. 40. My Cat , Otteri Selvakumar
  41. 41. Sister Cat , Frances Mayes
  42. 42. Who Will Bell The Cat? , Dr Kamran Haider Bukhari
  43. 43. Cat Nap , Linda Hepner
  44. 44. The Life Of A Cat , Laurence Overmire
  45. 45. The Eagle, The Sow, And The Cat , Anne Kingsmill Finch
  46. 46. The Cool Cat , Jasmine Aira
  47. 47. Cat Lover , Michael Philips
  48. 48. A Cat In Residence , shimon weinroth
  49. 49. Funny - Fat Cat , Rita El Khoury
  50. 50. The Cat , Linda Ori
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