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Death - Poem by Rainer Maria Rilke

Come thou, thou last one, whom I recognize,
unbearable pain throughout this body's fabric:
as I in my spirit burned, see, I now burn in thee:
the wood that long resisted the advancing flames
which thou kept flaring, I now am nourishinig
and burn in thee.

My gentle and mild being through thy ruthless fury
has turned into a raging hell that is not from here.
Quite pure, quite free of future planning, I mounted
the tangled funeral pyre built for my suffering,
so sure of nothing more to buy for future needs,
while in my heart the stored reserves kept silent.

Is it still I, who there past all recognition burn?
Memories I do not seize and bring inside.
O life! O living! O to be outside!
And I in flames. And no one here who knows me.


Comments about Death by Rainer Maria Rilke

  • Gold Star - 73,091 Points Ratnakar Mandlik (11/16/2016 10:06:00 PM)

    Awesome and very bold write. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 73,091 Points Ratnakar Mandlik (11/16/2016 9:55:00 PM)

    mounted the tangled funeral pyre built for suffering
    A bold conceptualization that is realistic too. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,873 Points Thabani Khumalo (6/16/2015 8:52:00 AM)

    I have a vision to write like this, only if god would bless me enough to.d (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 5,539 Points Rod Mendieta (12/31/2016 12:22:00 PM)

    Don't give up your vision, Thabani. I think one starts by cherishing beautiful poems like this one. Lock it inside your heart and mind, revisit its lines every now and then, and it will inspire you.

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Poems About Death

  1. 1. Let Me Die A Youngman's Death , Roger McGough
  2. 2. And Death Shall Have No Dominion , Dylan Thomas
  3. 3. Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  4. 4. Death Is Nothing At All , Henry Scott Holland
  5. 5. Because I Could Not Stop For Death , Emily Dickinson
  6. 6. A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, O.. , Dylan Thomas
  7. 7. Nothing But Death , Pablo Neruda
  8. 8. Father Death Blues , Allen Ginsberg
  9. 9. A Poet's Death Is His Life Iv , Khalil Gibran
  10. 10. A Dream Of Death , William Butler Yeats
  11. 11. The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner , Randall Jarrell
  12. 12. An Irish Airman Forsees His Death , William Butler Yeats
  13. 13. The Beauty Of Death Xiv , Khalil Gibran
  14. 14. A Death Blow Is A Life Blow To Some , Emily Dickinson
  15. 15. Death Wants More Death , Charles Bukowski
  16. 16. A City's Death By Fire , Derek Walcott
  17. 17. After Death , Sara Teasdale
  18. 18. Death Xxvii , Khalil Gibran
  19. 19. Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  20. 20. I Have A Rendezvous With Death , Alan Seeger
  21. 21. First Death In Nova Scotia , Elizabeth Bishop
  22. 22. A Funeral Poem On The Death Of C. E. An .. , Phillis Wheatley
  23. 23. Death Leaves Us Homesick, Who Behind , Emily Dickinson
  24. 24. The Death Of Joy Gardner , Benjamin Zephaniah
  25. 25. On The Death Of A Young Lady Of Five Yea.. , Phillis Wheatley
  26. 26. Gacela Of The Dark Death , Federico García Lorca
  27. 27. A Ballad Of Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  28. 28. For The Anniversary Of My Death , William Stanley Merwin
  29. 29. Go Down, Death , James Weldon Johnson
  30. 30. A Thought For A Lonely Death-Bed , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  31. 31. On The Death Of That Most Excellent Lady, , Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
  32. 32. On Death , Anne Killigrew
  33. 33. On The Death Of Anne Brontë , Charlotte Brontë
  34. 34. The Death Of The Hired Man , Robert Frost
  35. 35. Death &Amp; Fame , Allen Ginsberg
  36. 36. Death Fugue , Paul Celan
  37. 37. Love &Amp; Fame &Amp; Death , Charles Bukowski
  38. 38. If Death Is Kind , Sara Teasdale
  39. 39. Holy Sonnet X: Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  40. 40. Death , William Butler Yeats
  41. 41. Death , Heinrich Heine
  42. 42. On Hearing Of A Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  43. 43. As At Thy Portals Also Death , Walt Whitman
  44. 44. A Satirical Elegy On The Death Of A Late.. , Jonathan Swift
  45. 45. All But Death, Can Be Adjusted , Emily Dickinson
  46. 46. Fugue Of Death , Paul Celan
  47. 47. Ode On The Death Of A Favourite Cat Drow.. , Thomas Gray
  48. 48. Don'T Fear Death , Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
  49. 49. On The Death Of Friends In Childhood , Donald Justice
  50. 50. The Dance Of Death , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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