Rainer Maria Rilke

(4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926 / Prague / Czech Republic)

Rainer Maria Rilke Poems

1. At The Brink Of Night 4/8/2015
2. Behind The Blameless Trees 3/2/2015
3. Falconry 4/3/2010
4. The Song Of The Widow 1/13/2003
5. The Song Of The Blindman 1/13/2003
6. The Neighbor 1/13/2003
7. The Blindman's Song 1/3/2003
8. The Last Evening 1/13/2003
9. Growing Old 4/3/2010
10. The Song Of The Beggar 1/13/2003
11. The Sonnets To Orpheus: Book 2: Vi 1/13/2003
12. The Sonnets To Orpheus: Xxv 1/13/2003
13. The Sonnets To Orpheus: Iv 1/13/2003
14. The Apple Orchard 1/3/2003
15. The Sonnets To Orpheus: Book 2: Xxiii 1/13/2003
16. Song Of The Orphan 1/13/2003
17. What Fields Are As Fragrant As Your Hands? 1/13/2003
18. Losing 4/3/2010
19. The Last Supper 1/13/2003
20. Spanish Dancer 1/13/2003
21. My Life 4/3/2010
22. Palm 1/3/2003
23. Sacrifice 1/13/2003
24. Put Out My Eyes 1/3/2003
25. Telling You All 1/3/2003
26. Venetian Morning 1/13/2003
27. The Sonnets To Orpheus: Xix 1/13/2003
28. Greek Love-Talk 1/3/2003
29. In The Beginning 1/13/2003
30. Lady On A Balcony 1/13/2003
31. Little Tear-Vase 1/13/2003
32. Self-Portrait 1/13/2003
33. To Lou Andreas-Salome 1/13/2003
34. Interior Portrait 1/13/2003
35. Elegy Iv 1/3/2003
36. Solemn Hour 1/3/2003
37. The Sonnets To Orpheus: Book 2: I 1/13/2003
38. From The Tenth Elegy 1/13/2003
39. Night (O You Whose Countenance) 1/13/2003
40. For Hans Carossa 1/13/2003

Comments about Rainer Maria Rilke

  • Susan Carr (10/4/2018 2:34:00 PM)

    I'm looking for a poem that includes the wonderful line: and God explodes from his hiding place.

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  • lilie (9/19/2018 11:34:00 AM)

    what is the Rilke poem about a couple in love but not totally blended....united but separated at the same time...

  • Eric Buttonwood (8/30/2018 4:11:00 AM)

    What is the Rilke poem about the old men of the sea who have survived manifestations of the feminine, harpies, gorgons, sirens, and now live crippled, defeated and in awe?

  • Charles (8/26/2018 9:21:00 PM)

    Liselotte, I think maybe God speaks to each of us is the one which you seek.

  • Houstonbob (8/2/2018 2:44:00 PM)

    does anyone have Rilke's poem, The Garden of Olives?

  • Liselotte (7/9/2018 12:50:00 PM)

    I am searching a poem of Rilke, wehre God spoke to the the soul, befor beeinflusst born

  • Ray A Burleigh (6/20/2018 3:05:00 PM)

    Thank you for having these gorgeous, sometimes indescribable poems here for us. He is trying for things just beyond our reach. What a magnificent heart! ! ! !

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  • Catherine Clark (1/30/2018 3:40:00 PM)

    I am searching for Rainer Maria Rolke's beautiful poem written about the liquid-filled eyes of the dumb animals at the manger adoring the Christ child.

  • Greg Bell Greg Bell (4/16/2017 4:35:00 PM)

    An underappreciated artist of consummate skill. His Sonnets to Orpheus are sublime.

Best Poem of Rainer Maria Rilke

A Walk

My eyes already touch the sunny hill.
going far ahead of the road I have begun.
So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp;
it has inner light, even from a distance-

and charges us, even if we do not reach it,
into something else, which, hardly sensing it,
we already are; a gesture waves us on
answering our own wave...
but what we feel is the wind in our faces.

Translated by Robert Bly

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Archaic Torso Of Apollo

We cannot know his legendary head
with eyes like ripening fruit. And yet his torso
is still suffused with brilliance from inside,
like a lamp, in which his gaze, now turned to low,

gleams in all its power. Otherwise
the curved breast could not dazzle you so, nor could
a smile run through the placid hips and thighs
to that dark center where procreation flared.

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