Rainer Maria Rilke

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

Rainer Maria Rilke Poems

41. Early Spring 1/3/2003
42. The Sonnets To Orpheus: Book 2: Xxiii 1/13/2003
43. Evening 1/13/2003
44. The Voices 1/13/2003
45. The Neighbor 1/13/2003
46. The Sonnets To Orpheus: Book 2: Vi 1/13/2003
47. Extinguish Thou My Eyes 1/13/2003
48. Woman In Love 1/3/2003
49. Dedication To M. 1/3/2003
50. Night (O You Whose Countenance) 1/13/2003
51. Parting 1/13/2003
52. Song 1/13/2003
53. Interior Portrait 1/13/2003
54. The Blindman's Song 1/3/2003
55. World Was In The Face Of The Beloved 1/13/2003
56. Sacrifice 1/13/2003
57. Slumber Song 1/13/2003
58. What Survives 1/13/2003
59. The Sonnets To Orpheus: I 1/13/2003
60. The Song Of The Widow 1/13/2003
61. Exposed On The Cliffs Of The Heart 1/3/2003
62. Put Out My Eyes 1/3/2003
63. Losing 4/3/2010
64. Evening Love Song 1/3/2003
65. The Song Of The Blindman 1/13/2003
66. Dedication 1/3/2003
67. Telling You All 1/3/2003
68. The Sonnets To Orpheus: Book 2: I 1/13/2003
69. God Speaks To Each Of Us 4/3/2010
70. Along The Sun-Drenched Roadside 1/3/2003
71. A Sybil 4/3/2010
72. The Last Evening 1/13/2003
73. Self-Portrait 1/13/2003
74. Music 1/13/2003
75. Solemn Hour 1/3/2003
76. Song Of The Sea 1/13/2003
77. On Hearing Of A Death 1/13/2003
78. The Lovers 1/3/2003
79. Elegy I 1/3/2003
80. Sense Of Something Coming 1/13/2003

Comments about Rainer Maria Rilke

  • 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.

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

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

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (12/4/2015 11:14:00 AM)

    The Song of the Dwarf

    Maybe my soul is straight and good,
    but she's got to lug my heart, my blood,
    which all hurts because it's crooked;
    its weight sends her staggering.
    She has no bed, she has no home,
    she merely hangs on my sharp bones,
    flapping her terrible wings.

    And my hands are completely shot,
    shriveled, worn: here, take a look
    at how they clammily, clumsily hop
    like rain-crazed toads.
    As for all the other stuff,
    it's all used up and sad and old—
    why doesn't God haul me out to the muck
    and let me drop.

    Is it because of my mug
    with its frowning mouth?
    So often I would itch
    to be luminous and free of fog
    but nothing would approach
    except big dogs.
    And the dogs got zilch.

    (Rainer Maria Rilke)

  • Elise Stettner (7/12/2014 8:16:00 AM)

    I am searching for the poem by M. R. Rilke in which he speaks about pushing thru solid rock.

  • David Creasor (8/22/2013 3:10:00 PM)

    Hi guys, I am reading a Portuguese translation from a poem that I know was written by Rainer Maria Rilke, unfortunately the title is missing. Do any of you know which poem starts something like Nothing is comparable. maybe there is something

    Thanks in advance for any help

  • Valerie Harms (4/14/2012 11:43:00 AM)

    does anyone have those lines by Rilke where he is sitting in the rich darkness expectant about the light coming?

  • Mardia Parker (3/3/2010 6:30:00 AM)

    Trying to confirm a poem or quote that is attributed to Rilke: 'In love, practice only this: letting each other go. Holding on comes easily, we don't need to learn it. Practice letting go.'

  • 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.

  • 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

The Panther

His vision, from the constantly passing bars,
has grown so weary that it cannot hold
anything else. It seems to him there are
a thousand bars; and behind the bars, no world.

As he paces in cramped circles, over and over,
the movement of his powerful soft strides
is like a ritual dance around a center
in which a mighty will stands paralyzed.

Only at times, the curtain of the pupils
lifts, quietly--. An image enters in,
rushes down through the tensed, arrested muscles,
plunges into the heart and is gone.

Read the full of The Panther


Encircled by her arms as by a shell,
she hears her being murmur,
while forever he endures
the outrage of his too pure image...

Wistfully following their example,
nature re-enters herself;
contemplating its own sap, the flower
becomes too soft, and the boulder hardens...

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