Who is Rainer Maria Rilke

René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke (4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926), better known as Rainer Maria Rilke (German: [ˈʁaɪnɐ maˈʁiːa ˈʁɪlkə]), was an Austrian poet and novelist. He is "widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets". He wrote both verse and highly lyrical prose. Several critics have described Rilke's work as "mystical". His writings include one novel, several collections of poetry and several volumes of correspondence in which he invokes images that focus on the difficulty of communion with the ineffable in an age of disbelief, solitude and anxiety. These themes position him as a transitional figure between traditional and modernist writers.

Rilke travelled extensively throughout Europe (including Russia, Spain, ...
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Rainer Maria Rilke Poems

  • Solemn Hour
    Whoever now weeps somewhere in the world,
    weeps without reason in the world,
    weeps over me.
    ...
  • To Lou Andreas-salome
    I held myself too open, I forgot
    that outside not just things exist and animals
    fully at ease in themselves, whose eyes
    reach from their lives' roundedness no differently ...
  • Duino Elegies: The First Elegy
    Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the angels'
    hierarchies? and even if one of them suddenly
    pressed me against his heart, I would perish
    in the embrace of his stronger existence. ...
  • Duino Elegies: The Fourth Elegy
    O trees of life, oh, what when winter comes?
    We are not of one mind. Are not like birds
    in unison migrating. And overtaken,
    overdue, we thrust ourselves into the wind ...
  • Duino Elegies: The Tenth Elegy
    That some day, emerging at last from the terrifying vision
    I may burst into jubilant praise to assenting angels!
    That of the clear-struck keys of the heart not one may fail
    to sound because of a loose, doubtful or broken string! ...
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Top 10 most used topics by Rainer Maria Rilke

Life 33 Heart 30 Love 27 I Love You 27 Long 25 Night 23 Time 22 Face 21 World 20 Never 20


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Thecosmos: i am learning to see. i don’t know why it is, but everything enters me more deeply and doesn’t stop where it once used to. — rainer maria rilke⁠ ⁠ ° moody darkroom
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