Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke
The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke | Rainer Maria Rilke
11 posts | 10 read | 5 to read
Rilke's poems, in the original German and English translation, show his concern with romantic transformations and spiritual quests
Amazon Indiebound Barnes and Noble WorldCat Goodreads LibraryThing
Pick icon
100%
quote
LiterRohde
post image

“The Seer”

“I can tell by the way the trees beat, after so many dull days, on my worried windowpanes that a storm is coming, and I hear the far-off fields say things I can't bear without a friend, I can't love without a sister.

The storm, the shifter of shapes, drives on across the woods and across time, and the world looks as if it had no age: the landscape, like a line in the psalm book, is seriousness and weight and eternity. 👇

LiterRohde What we choose to fight is so tiny! What fights with us is so great. If only we would let ourselves be dominated as things do by some immense storm, we would become strong too, and not need names. 👇 (edited) 4mo
LiterRohde When we win it's with small things, and the triumph itself makes us small. What is extraordinary and eternal does not want to be bent by us. I mean the Angel who appeared to the wrestlers of the Old Testament: when the wrestlers' sinews grew long like metal strings, he felt them under his fingers like chords of deep music. 👇 (edited) 4mo
LiterRohde Whoever was beaten by this Angel (who often simply declined the fight) went away proud and strengthened and great from that harsh hand, that kneaded him as if to change his shape. Winning does not tempt that man. This is how he grows: by being defeated, decisively, by constantly greater beings.”

#PoetryMatters | 13: #Wise

📷: Made with Typorama
(edited) 4mo
See All 6 Comments
Butterfinger I think I will read this to my students. I found it very motivating. 4mo
LiterRohde @Butterfinger I love the poetry of Rilke. (edited) 4mo
TheSpineView Rilke!💜💜💜 4mo
44 likes6 comments
quote
LiterRohde
post image

“For Hans Carossa”

“Losing too is still ours; and even forgetting still has a shape in the kindgdom of transformation. When something‘s let go of, it circles; and though we are rarely the center of the circle, it draws around us its unbroken, marvelous curve.”

#PoetryMatters | 11: #Circle

📷: Made with Typorama

TheSpineView Lovely! 😍😍😍 4mo
slategreyskies I still remember the first time I held a book of Rilke‘s poetry. I was taking a poetry class at the university, and my professor had a book of Rilke‘s poems sitting next to him on the table. I was waiting my turn to converse with him. I don‘t know what made me pick up his book & open it, but I did. It drew me in, and I asked him if I could borrow it. I caught him off-guard. He was so startled he said yes. I read while walking back to my car. 4mo
slategreyskies It was January—- so that volume of poems always reminds of cold air and narrow sidewalks—- When he lent me that book, it felt like he‘d given me a box of treasure... such a great gift. 4mo
46 likes4 comments
quote
LiterRohde
post image

“Music”

“What play you, O Boy? Through the garden it stole Like wandering steps, like a whisper - then mute;
What play you, O Boy? Lo! your gypsying soul Is caught and held fast in the pipes of Pan's flute.”

#PoetryMatters | 9: #Hooked

📷: Made with Typorama

Velvetfur 'your gypsying soul' - what a great line! ❤️ 4mo
TheSpineView 💜💜💜 4mo
51 likes2 comments
quote
LiterRohde
post image

“The Swan”

“This laboring of ours with all that remains undone, as if still bound to it, is like the lumbering gait of the swan.” 👇

#PoetryMatters | 7: #Wave

📷: Made with Typorama

LiterRohde “And then our dying - releasing ourselves from the very ground on which we stood - is like the way he hesitantly lowers himself into the water. It gently receives him, and, gladly yielding, flows back beneath him, as wave follows wave, while he, now wholly serene and sure, with regal composure, allows himself to glide.” (edited) 4mo
TheSpineView Lovely! 💜💜💜 4mo
46 likes2 comments
quote
LiterRohde
post image

From “Impermanence”

“Driftsand of the hours. Quietly disappearing, continuously, even the happily consecrated design. Life blows away, always: pillars already rise without connection, carrying nothing but empty air.”

📙: http://picture-poems.com/photoweek/veratrum_6-5-11.html

#PoetryMatters | 5: #Sand

📷: Made with Typorama

TheSpineView 😍😍😍 4mo
48 likes1 comment
quote
LiterRohde
post image

From “Spring”

“Spring has come back again. The Earth is like a child that‘s got poems by heart; so many poems, so many verses, patient toil winning her prizes at last.”

📙: https://favoritepoems.diehoren.com/2016/04/spring-has-come-back-again.html?m=1

#PoetryMatters | 4: #Earth

📷: Made with Typorama

TheSpineView 😍😍😍 4mo
43 likes1 comment
quote
LiterRohde
post image

“Fall”

The leaves are falling, falling as if from far up, as if orchards were dying high in space. Each leaf falls as if it were motioning "no." And tonight the heavy earth is falling away from all other stars in the loneliness. We're all falling. This hand here is falling. And look at the other one. It's in them all. And yet there‘s Someone, whose hands infinitely calm, holding up all this falling.

#PoetryMatters | 3: #Calm

?: Made w Typorama

SharonGoforth Lovely!🍂🍁 4mo
TheSpineView Love it!😍😍😍 4mo
50 likes2 comments
quote
LiterRohde
post image

From “Pushing Through”

“It‘s possible I am pushing through solid rock in flintlike layers, as the ore lies, alone; I am such a long way in I see no way through, and no space: everything is close to my face, and everything close to my face is stone.”

📙: http://www.slowmuse.com/2007/05/01/rilke-pushing-through/

#PoetryMatters | 2: #Stone

📷: Made with Typorama

TheSpineView 😍😍😍 4mo
45 likes1 comment
quote
LiterRohde
post image

From “The Apple Orchard”

“Thus must it be, when willingly you strive throughout a long and uncomplaining life, committed to one goal: to give yourself! And silently to grow and to bear fruit.”

📙: https://m.poemhunter.com/poem/the-apple-orchard/

#PoetryMatters | 19: #Seed

📷: Made with Typorama

TheSpineView 😊 9mo
68 likes1 comment
quote
readordierachel
post image

I'm a day late, but this is a #favorite of mine by Rainer Maria Rilke. So much force in this one.

#poetrymatters @LazyDays

Tanisha_A Whoa! Powerful indeed! 1y
vivastory Rilke is top ten poets of all time. I've reread Duino Elegies & Sonnets to Orpheus more than nearly any other collections. 1y
readordierachel @vivastory Love him. I've only read around in the Selected Poems, but I think both of those are included so I'll have to do a deeper dive soon! 1y
81 likes2 stack adds5 comments
quote
jdtchicago

We need, in love, to practice only this: letting each other go. For holding on comes easily; we do not need to learn it.

40 likes1 stack add