Rainer Maria Rilke

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

Rainer Maria Rilke Poems

81. Dedication To M. 1/3/2003
82. I Am, O Anxious One 1/3/2003
83. Adam 1/3/2003
84. Evening Love Song 1/3/2003
85. To Music 1/13/2003
86. Early Spring 1/3/2003
87. Woman In Love 1/3/2003
88. To Say Before Going To Sleep 1/3/2003
89. A Sybil 4/3/2010
90. Duino Elegies: The Fourth Elegy 1/13/2003
91. What Survives 1/13/2003
92. On Hearing Of A Death 1/13/2003
93. Dedication 1/3/2003
94. Encounter In The Chestnut Avenue 1/13/2003
95. Extinguish Thou My Eyes 1/13/2003
96. Duino Elegies: The Tenth Elegy 1/13/2003
97. Exposed On The Cliffs Of The Heart 1/3/2003
98. Lady At A Mirror 1/13/2003
99. Music 1/13/2003
100. Blank Joy 1/3/2003
101. Buddha In Glory 1/3/2003
102. Abishag 1/3/2003
103. Fear Of The Inexplicable 1/3/2003
104. You, You Only, Exist 1/3/2003
105. Sunset 1/3/2003
106. Loneliness 1/3/2003
107. You, Darkness 12/27/2003
108. Along The Sun-Drenched Roadside 1/3/2003
109. Moving Forward 1/3/2003
110. I Am Much Too Alone In This World, Yet Not Alone 1/20/2003
111. As Once The Winged Energy Of Delight 1/3/2003
112. Again And Again, However We Know The Landscape Of Love 1/13/2003
113. Falling Stars 1/13/2003
114. Duino Elegies: The First Elegy 1/13/2003
115. Childhood 1/3/2003
116. Autumn 1/3/2003
117. Child In Red 1/3/2003
118. Archaic Torso Of Apollo 1/3/2003
119. Again And Again 1/3/2003
120. Before Summer Rain 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.

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  • 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) .

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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

From The Tenth Elegy

Ah, but the City of Pain: how strange its streets are:
the false silence of sound drowning sound,
and there--proud, brazen, effluence from the mold of emptiness--
the gilded hubbub, the bursting monument.
How an Angel would stamp out their market of solaces,
set up alongside their church bought to order:
clean and closed and woeful as a post office on Sunday.
Outside, though, there's always the billowing edge of the fair.
Swings of Freedom! High-divers and Jugglers of Zeal!

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