Rainer Maria Rilke

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

Rainer Maria Rilke Poems

41. Self-Portrait 1/13/2003
42. Elegy X 1/3/2003
43. Telling You All 1/3/2003
44. Lady On A Balcony 1/13/2003
45. The Voices 1/13/2003
46. Greek Love-Talk 1/3/2003
47. The Wait 1/13/2003
48. Lament 1/3/2003
49. The Unicorn 1/3/2003
50. Lament (Whom Will You Cry To, Heart?) 1/13/2003
51. Going Blind 1/3/2003
52. Slumber Song 1/13/2003
53. Sacrifice 1/13/2003
54. The Lovers 1/3/2003
55. Fall Day 1/3/2003
56. Water Lily 1/13/2003
57. The Spanish Dancer 1/3/2003
58. Song 1/13/2003
59. Piano Practice 1/13/2003
60. Fire's Reflection 1/13/2003
61. Rememberance 1/13/2003
62. Night (O You Whose Countenance) 1/13/2003
63. The Poet 1/3/2003
64. Portrait Of My Father As A Young Man 1/3/2003
65. Interior Portrait 1/13/2003
66. In The Beginning 1/13/2003
67. Ignorant Before The Heavens Of My Life 1/3/2003
68. The Future 1/13/2003
69. Girl's Lament 1/13/2003
70. Night (This Night, Agitated By The Growing Storm) 1/13/2003
71. The Sisters 1/3/2003
72. To Music 1/13/2003
73. The Grown-Up 1/13/2003
74. Put Out My Eyes 1/3/2003
75. I Am, O Anxious One 1/3/2003
76. The Swan 1/13/2003
77. Evening 1/13/2003
78. Sense Of Something Coming 1/13/2003
79. Narcissus 1/3/2003
80. Girl In Love 1/3/2003

Comments about Rainer Maria Rilke

  • Jay Warier (7/19/2009 11:20:00 AM)

    'Again and Again' I reread after 25 years today. Kept me entranced again. Time has not taken any of Rilke's charm away.

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  • Sinnaminsun Sinnaminsun (7/15/2005 8:55:00 PM)

    Rainer Maria Rilke is my favorite poet. Upon hearing his poem, 'The Panther' I became breathless, emotional and was totally captivated by it. Every time I hear or reread that poem I am totally mesmerized by his skill.

  • Justaname Parer (5/14/2005 5:34:00 AM)

    'Autumn' is such a beautiful poem in German. Its worth reading out loud even if you don't understand all the words. All you need to remember is to pronounce the German W as an English V, the German V as an English F, and the German letter ä sounds like 'eh' or 'air' (with no R sound at the end) .

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

Read the full of A Walk

Abishag

I
She lay, and serving-men her lithe arms took,
And bound them round the withering old man,
And on him through the long sweet hours she lay,
And little fearful of his many years.

And many times she turned amidst his beard
Her face, as often as the night-owl screeched,
And all that was the night around them reached

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