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Author: RILKE,
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Rilke, Rainer Maria    Poet's Biography
29 poems available by this author


ARCHAIC TORSO OF APOLLO    Poem Text    
First Line: We cannot know his legendary head
Subject(s): Apollo; Mythology - Classical; Statues


AUTUMN    Poem Text    
First Line: The leaves are falling, falling as though strewed
Last Line: In his great hands, tender ineffably.


AUTUMN DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Lord: it is time
Last Line: All restless, as the drifting fall-leaves stray.


BE NOT AFRAID, GOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Be not afraid, god. They say: mine
Last Line: And growing sweeter in its solitude.


BLUE HYDRANGEAS    Poem Text    
First Line: Like the last green in crucibles of dyes
Last Line: A touching blue rejoicing in the green.


FOR LORD, THE CROWDED CITIES BE       


GLIMPSE OF A CHILDHOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: The darkness in the room is pregnant, seeming
Last Line: Move on the snow-white keys.
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


GROWING BLIND    Poem Text    
First Line: She sat, like all the rest of us, at tea
Last Line: She would no longer walk her way, but fly.
Subject(s): Blindness; Visually Handicapped


MAIDEN MELANCHOLY    Poem Text    
First Line: A young knight comes into my mind
Last Line: On some dear volume playing.
Subject(s): Knights & Knighthood


PEOPLE AT NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The nights were not made for crowds, and they sever
Last Line: And mean--they know not whom.


PIETA    Poem Text    
First Line: So once more, jesus, I behold your feet
Last Line: Strangely together to our doom we go.


PRESAGING    Poem Text    
First Line: I am like a flag unfurled in space
Last Line: And thrust myself forth and am alone in the great storm.
Subject(s): Selflessness; Solitude; Loneliness


PRESENTIMENT       
First Line: Like a citadel flag on far off heights


PUT OUT MY EYES: AND I SHALL SEE YOU, TOO       


QUAI DU ROSAIRE: BRUGES    Poem Text    
First Line: These streets have such a tranquil, languid gait
Last Line: Clusters of chimes in the far heavens hung.
Subject(s): Bruges, Belgium


REMEMBRANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: You wait, with memories drifting
Last Line: With its grandeur and fear and prayer.


SPANISH DANCER    Poem Text    
First Line: As in one's hand a sulphur-match burns white
Last Line: And stamps it out with little furious feet.
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers


THE CAROUSEL; JARDIN DE LUXEMBOURG    Poem Text    
First Line: A little while both roof and shadow turn
Last Line: Briefly upon this blind and breathless game.
Subject(s): Luxembourg Gardens, Paris; Merry-go-grounds; Carousels


THE DUINO ELEGIES: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the angels'
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision; Fancy


THE LAST SUPPER    Poem Text    
First Line: Here they are gathered, wondering and deranged
Last Line: Is everywhere, like dusk at fall of night.


THE MONARCHS OF THE WORLD ARE OLD       


THE OLD WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: White-faced friends in the midst of today
Last Line: And shows old heirlooms of amazing stones.
Subject(s): Old Age


THE PANTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: His vision, from the constantly passing bars


THE YOUTH DREAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh, I should love to be like one of those
Last Line: And still our horses rustle like the rain.
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


TWO POEMS TO HANS THOMA ON HIS SIXIETH BIRTHDAY: 1. MOONLIGHT NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: South german night, spread out beneath the moon
Last Line: A blonde--
Subject(s): Thoma, Hans (1839-1924)


TWO POEMS TO HANS THOMA ON HIS SIXIETH BIRTHDAY: 2. THE KNIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The knight rides forth in blackest mail
Last Line: And singing?
Subject(s): Knights & Knighthood; Thoma, Hans (1839-1924)


WE ARE ALL WORKMEN    Poem Text    
First Line: We are all workmen: prentice, journeyman
Last Line: God, you are vast.
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


WHAT WILL YOU DO, GOD?    Poem Text    
First Line: What will you do, god, when I die?
Last Line: What will you do, god? I'm afeared.
Subject(s): Death; God; Dead, The


YOU, NEIGHBOR GOD    Poem Text    
First Line: You, neighbor god, if sometimes in the night
Last Line: Apart from you are exiles, hopeless of return.