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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

  • Bronze Star - 2,472 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

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  • Gold Star - 95,996 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

  • Gold Star - 32,796 Points Savita Tyagi (8/25/2015 10:12:00 AM)

    Great poem. Cats have been associated and are considered to be the carrier of dark mysteries of life. Seeing the reflection of your own self in cat's eye is like seeing that part of your self which is mysterious, elusive yet influencing our good and evil tendencies in the deepest part of our consciousness. (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. A Cat , Edward Thomas
  4. 4. Poem (As The Cat) , William Carlos Williams
  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. Pussy-Cat , Spike Milligan
  9. 9. The Cat And The Moon , William Butler Yeats
  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. Ad Lesbiam, Cat. Ep. 73 , Richard Lovelace
  13. 13. To Mrs Reynolds' Cat , John Keats
  14. 14. The Cat And The Sea , Ronald Stuart Thomas
  15. 15. The Poem Cat , Erica Jong
  16. 16. A Cat Named Frank , Marilyn Lott
  17. 17. Cat Island , Thom Gunn
  18. 18. The Cat Of Cats , William Brighty Rands
  19. 19. Cat , David SmithWhite
  20. 20. Cat Scat , Eamon Grennan
  21. 21. In Lesbiam Cat. Ep. 76. , Richard Lovelace
  22. 22. Free Cat , Chuck Audette
  23. 23. To A Cat , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  24. 24. A Cat , Louise Bizzari
  25. 25. Cat Among The Chickens , Nick Hilton
  26. 26. ! Cat Skills , Michael Shepherd
  27. 27. The Cat Is Free , Adeline Foster
  28. 28. The Young Rat And His Dam, The Cock And .. , Anne Kingsmill Finch
  29. 29. Cat-Pie , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  30. 30. The Cat , Jibanananda Das
  31. 31. (310) Our Cat (Tiger) , Melvina Germain
  32. 32. The Mysterious Cat , Vachel Lindsay
  33. 33. No-Name The Cat , David Lewis Paget
  34. 34. Cat Lover , Michael Philips
  35. 35. A Cat In Residence , shimon weinroth
  36. 36. Sister Cat , Frances Mayes
  37. 37. Separate Cat , Lonnie Hicks
  38. 38. Ask The Cat , Ben Gieske
  39. 39. The Cat That Came To Tea , sylvia spencer
  40. 40. Mistress Gurton's Cat , Mary Darby Robinson
  41. 41. 003: The Cat Tray , Colin Johnston
  42. 42. The Cat , Leo Yankevich
  43. 43. My Cat , Otteri Selvakumar
  44. 44. Who Will Bell The Cat? , Dr Kamran Haider Bukhari
  45. 45. The Eagle, The Sow, And The Cat , Anne Kingsmill Finch
  46. 46. The Cool Cat , Jasmine Aira
  47. 47. Funny - Fat Cat , Rita El Khoury
  48. 48. The Cat , Linda Ori
  49. 49. ****paradise-Patsy The Cat , Coach Roth
  50. 50. Mah-Ve-Lous Cat...(Humor) * , elysabeth faslund
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