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...WHEN FROM THE MERCHANT'S HAND, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Stills and soothes it with space's equanimity


...WHEN WILL, WHEN WILL, WHEN WILL IT BE ENOUGH, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: And we: listeners at last! The first human listeners


25-OCT, by DAVID LEHMAN                Poet's Biography
First Line: Auden called rilke
Last Line: Myself, who am yet %only a baboon'


ABANDONED IN THE MOUNTAINS OF THE HEART, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Here, exposed on the mountains of the heart


ABOUT FOUNTAINS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Suddenly I know a lot about fountains
Last Line: Passes over our scattered faces


ADVENT STANZAS, by ROBERT CORDING                Poet's Biography
First Line: Are we always creating you, as rilke said
Last Line: I am too imperfect to bear
Subject(s): Grief; Hearts; Love - Complaints; Poetry And Poets; Rebirth


AFTER A CONVERSATION ON RILKE, DARWIN, AND REMBRANDT'S ..., by SUSAN TICHY               
First Line: Suzanne, in your room the vast worlds
Last Line: Just dark cloth, the simple cloth, %and light he placed so wisely %on the beautiful wreck of his ski


AFTER A DAY OF WIND, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: A lovely bas-relief of clouds


AFTER APOLLO, by CLAUDIA M. WISCHNER               
First Line: When rilke said, 'you must change your life,'-
Last Line: A stranger, a hero, that light can bronze %and fill with the light of past legends


AFTER READING RILKE'S ARCHAIC TORSO OF APOLLO, by BERTHA ROGERS               
First Line: Winter's last storm moves in and
Last Line: You must remember yourself


AFTER RILKE, by JIM CLARK               
First Line: In what tree was the rising
Last Line: Then suddenly a new rhythm! %and I knew it was her, waking


AFTER RILKE, by STANLEY PLUMLY                Poet's Biography
First Line: There is the poverty of children shy with child
Last Line: Still married to need and the needs of others


AFTER RILKE (II, 28), by MAGGIE NELSON               
First Line: Oh common gaze. Ersatz %august of taut fingers
Last Line: There, in the back country of friends


AFTER RILKE, OR IS THAT WHAT HE SAID, by ANSELM HOLLO                Poet's Biography
First Line: But if they, the endlessly dead


AFTER SUCH LONG EXPERIENCE LET HOUSE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Out of the known figure


AFTER THANKSGIVING, by SANDRA M. GILBERT               
First Line: Lord, as rilke says, the year bears down toward winter, past
Last Line: And the ways of the ice %will be narrow, delicate
Subject(s): Winter


AGAIN AND AGAIN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Again and again, even though we know love's landscape
Last Line: Among the flowers, facing opposite the sky


AGAIN AND AGAIN, NEVER MIND WE KNOW LOVE'S LANDSCAPE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Among the old trees, lie down again and again %among the flowers, against the sky


AGAIN, AGAIN!, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Again, again, even if we know the countryside of love
Last Line: Beneath the ancient trees, we lie down again, %again, among the flowers, and face the sky
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision


AH MISERY, MY MOTHER TEARS ME DOWN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: And christ comes and washes her each day


AH, ADRIFT IN THE AIR, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: And the belatedly open house %remains empty


AH, AS WE PRAYED FOR HUMAN HELP, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Ah, as we prayed for human help: angels soundlessly
Last Line: With single strides, climbed over %our prostrate hearts


AH, NOT BEING SUNDERED, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: From winds of hometurning


AH, NOT TO BE CUT OFF, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: With winds of homecoming


AH, NOT TO BE CUT OFF, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Subject(s): Religion


ALCESTIS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Then the messenger was suddenly among them
Last Line: To keep him from witnessing anything beyond the %smile


ALL MY GOODBYES ARE SAID, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: All my goodbyes are said. Many separations
Last Line: These absences that make us act


ALL MY GOODBYES ARE SAID. MANY SEPARATIONS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: These absences that make us act


ALL OF YOU UNDISTURBED CITIES, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: He is the one who breaks down the walls, %and when he works,he works in silence
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision


ALMOND TREES IN BLOOM, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The almond trees in bloom: the most we can achieve here is to know
Last Line: All lesser dangers, safe in the single great one


ALMOND TREES IN BLOSSOM: ALL WE CAN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Small danger, and would find peace in the greatest dange of all


ALMOST AS ON THE LAST DAY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Almosts as on the last day the dead will tear themselves
Last Line: Stiff-living horror evolves, and branches in silence


ALONG THE SUN-DRENCHED ROADSIDE, ... FR. LAST POEMS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography


ALSO TO AFFIRM EVEN RAPTURE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Like a thing


AMERICAN VARIATION ON HOW RILKE LOVED A PRINCESS AND GO TO STAY IN ..., by ALAN DUGAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: She said that underneath the surface
Last Line: Cling to your knife
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; United States; America


AMERICAN VARIATION ON HOW RILKE LOVED A PRINCESS AND GO TO STAY IN ..., by ALAN DUGAN                Poet's Biography
First Line: She said that underneath the surface
Last Line: I was a good american poet
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets; United States


AND ALL NEVER-BELONGING BE YOURS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography


AND ALMOST MAIDEN-LIKE WAS WHAT DREW NEAR, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Sinking to where from me?...Almost a maid


AND ALMOST MAIDEN-LIKE WAS WHAT DREW NEAR, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Sinking to where from me?...Almost a maid


AND IT WAS ALMOST A GIRL, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: And it was almost a girl who stepping
Last Line: Where has she vanished to? A girl almost
Subject(s): Girls


AND THEN THAT GIRL THE ANGELS CAME TO VISIT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: And she was like a slope with vines, heavily bearing
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision


AND WHERE IS HE?, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: And where is he, the clear one, whose tone rings to us
Last Line: The great evening star of poverty


ANGEL ATRAPADO XXVI (DEAR RILKE), by JOHN YAU                Poet's Biography
First Line: Who among the many I am would answer me if I stalled out
Last Line: Green blue flames rising toward the wind's coiled throat


ANGELS, by ANDREW GREIG               
First Line: Bred by wenders out of rilke
Last Line: Mine %great winds beating


ANGELS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: They all have mouths so tired, tired
Last Line: In the dark book of origins


ANGELS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: They all have tired mouths
Last Line: In the dark book of the beginning


ANNUNCIATION, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: You are not nearer god than we
Last Line: You though are the tree


ANNUNCIATION, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: It isn't just that an angel entered: realize
Last Line: Then the angel sang his song


ANNUNCIATION (WORDS OF THE ANGEL), by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: You are not nearer god than we
Last Line: You, lady are the tree


ANNUNCIATION TO MARY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The angel's entrance (you must realize)
Last Line: Then he sang out and made his tidings known


ANNUNCIATION TO THE SHEPHERDS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Look up, friends. Men there by the fire
Last Line: Of her ecstasy, guiding you


ANNUNCIATION TO THE SHEPHERDS FROM ABOVE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Look up, you men. Men at the fire there, you
Last Line: Thrown by her inwardness, which is your guide
Subject(s): Christmas


ANSWER TO THE RILKE QUESTION, by ALAN DUGAN                Poet's Biography
First Line: Wer, wenn ich schriee, horte mich denn aus der engel


ANSWERING TO RILKE, by RHINA POLONIA ESPAILLAT               
First Line: Cramped by this indoor season -- it's beginning
Last Line: Figuring out that much is a beginning
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Rilke, Rainer Maria (1875-1926); Women's Rights


ANTICIPATE ALL FAREWELLS, AS WERE THEY BEHIND YOU, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Count yourself joyfully in and destroy the account


ANTICIPATE ALL FAREWELLS, AS WERE THEY BEHIND YOU, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Count yourself joyfully in and destroy the account


ANTISTROPHES, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Ah, women, that you are here on earth, that you
Last Line: For the swarms of the solitary man


APPREHENSION, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: In the faded forest there is a bird call
Last Line: For which anyone would have to die %risen out of it


ARCHAIC TORSO OF APOLLO, by RAINER MARIA RILKE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: We cannot know his legendary head
Subject(s): Apollo; Mythology - Classical; Statues


ARCHAIC TORSO OF APOLLO, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: We did not know his unfamiliar head
Last Line: Which does not see you. You must change your life
Subject(s): Apollo; Mythology - Classical; Statues


ARCHAIC TORSO OF APOLLO, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: We cannot know his legendary head
Last Line: That does not see you. You must change your life
Subject(s): Apollo; Imagination; Men; Mythology - Classical; Statues; Vision


ARCHAIC TORSO OF APOLLO, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: We never knew his head and all the light
Last Line: That does not see you. You must change your life
Subject(s): Apollo; Mythology - Classical; Statues


ARCHAIC TORSO OF APOLLO, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: We never knew his stupendous head
Last Line: That doesn't see you. You must change your life


ARCHAIC TORSO OF APOLLO, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: We never knew his extraordinary head
Last Line: But finds you out. You've got to change your life


ARCHAIC TORSO OF APOLLO, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: We wouldn't recognize his strange face
Last Line: That you are not revealed. You must change your life


ARE NOT THE NIGHTS FASHIONED FROM THE SORROWFUL, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Yourself like a spring, enclose yourself like a laurel


ARRIVAL, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Inside a rose your bed stands, beloved. You yourself
Last Line: Suddenly: face to face with you, I am born in the eye


AS LEAVES SWEEP PAST, by ANSELM HOLLO    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Sister & joe & mistah rilke
Last Line: Way up in the flying dust
Subject(s): Memory; Past; Poetry & Poets


AS LONG AS YOU CATCH SELF-THROWN THINGS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Would launch itelf and flame into its spaces


AS ONCE THE WINGED ENERGY OF DELIGHT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: The god wishes to consult


AS ONCE THE WINGED ENERGY OF DELIGHT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Subject(s): Religion


ASHANTI, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: No vision of far-off countries
Last Line: And with their fierce instincts all alone


ASSAULT ME, MUSIC, WITH RHYTHMIC FURY!, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: She whose absence you parchingly endure


AT MUZOT, by ELEANOR MAY SARTON               
First Line: In this land, rilke's country if you will
Last Line: And he himself stood naked and disclosed


AUTUMN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The leaves are falling, falling as though strewed
Last Line: In his great hands, tender ineffably.


AUTUMN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh gazing's tall tree, shedding lead on leaf
Last Line: But a homesickness can't forget that tree


AUTUMN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The leaves are falling, falling as if from far off
Last Line: With infinite softness in his hands


AUTUMN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The autumn leaves are falling
Last Line: Carefully in his hand %everything falling forever
Variant Title(s): Herbs
Subject(s): Autumn; Seasons


AUTUMN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The leaves are falling, falling as from far
Last Line: With endless softness, endlessly to land


AUTUMN DAY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Lord: it is time
Last Line: All restless, as the drifting fall-leaves stray.


AUTUMN DAY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Lord: it is time. The summer was immense
Last Line: The tree-lined streets, when the leaves are drifting


AUTUMN DAY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Lord: it is time. The summer was immense
Last Line: Restlessly, while the leaves are blowing


AUTUMN DAY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Lord, it was much, the summer: but it's time now
Last Line: And blowing leaves, down this street, that street, or another


AUTUMN DAY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Lord, it is time. The summer was enormous
Last Line: Wander restless, while dead leaves are blown


AUTUMN EVENING, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Wind from the moon
Last Line: Into the flickering city


AUTUMN'S DAY, by RON PADGETT    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Rilke walks toward a dime. I saw
Last Line: Wander restlessly when leaves are blown.
Subject(s): Grasshoppers


BANANA, ROUNDED APPLE, RUSSET PEAR, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: O experience, feeling, joy, - celestial


BANANA, ROUNDED APPLE, RUSSET PEAR, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: O experience, feeling, joy, - celestial


BAUDELAIRE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The poet alone has made one the world
Last Line: And even annihilation turns to world


BE NOT AFRAID, GOD, by RAINER MARIA RILKE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Be not afraid, god. They say: mine
Last Line: And growing sweeter in its solitude.


BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLY NEAR, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Hesitated at the door


BECQUER AND RILKE MEET IN SEVILLE, by JOSE EMILIO PACHECO               
First Line: Dark swallow, you have returned
Last Line: Thus we live always: bidding farewell


BEFORE A SUMMER RAIN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: At once from all the greenness in the park
Last Line: With all its lovely expectation and fear


BEFORE SUMMER RAIN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: All at once something
Last Line: Afternoons you feared would never end
Subject(s): Rain


BEFORE THE PASSION, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh, willing this, you should not have been born
Last Line: And you have suddenly turned nature round


BEFORE THE PASSION, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: If this is what you wanted, you shouldn't
Last Line: Now all at once you alter nature's course


BEFORE THE SUMMER RAIN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Abruptly, nobody knows what it is, something's
Last Line: You felt afraid in when you were a child


BEFORE YOU CAN COUNT TEN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: The vast surface rests


BEGGAR'S SONG, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Always I go from gate to gate
Last Line: So they don't think I hadn't %a place to lay my head


BEHIND THE INNOCENT TREES, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Nestled in the celstial motion, %a ghostly outline


BEHIND THE INNOCENT TREES, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Nestled in the celestial motion, %a ghostly outline


BEING, AND CONFINEMENT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: If you cannot be everything: no longer this


BEING-SILENT. WHO KEEPS INNERLY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Was the word to him made evident


BELLS, by AARON FOGEL                Poet's Biography
First Line: Engel ordnungen rings in rilke like a bell against the end of %its line
Last Line: The place where it forced to stop, the wall where it is %forced to speak'
Alternate Author Name(s): Dolot, Jim


BESIDE THE ROAD USED TO SUN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Beside the road used to sun, in the
Last Line: Be it on the thrusting pressure of your breasts


BIRDCALLS BEGIN THEIR PRAISE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: The beautiful silence that they break


BIRDS' VOICES ARE STARTING TO PRAISE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: The beautiful silence they break


BIRTH OF CHRIST, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: If you lacked simplicity, how then
Last Line: But (as you will see): joy comes of him


BIRTH OF CHRIST, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: If you had lacked the simplicity, how
Last Line: But (you will see): he brings joy


BIRTH OF MARY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: O what it must have cost them, the hosts of heaven
Last Line: Of a dark cow. For things were never so strange


BIRTH OF MARY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh what it must have cost the angels not to
Last Line: Of a dark cow...It was never like this before


BLACK CAT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: A ghost, though invisible, still is like a place
Last Line: Inside the golden amber of her eyeballs %suspended, like a prehistoric fly
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


BLACKNOSE SHARK, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: When his family moved to the suburbs
Last Line: First one's a flat nose kike, he grinned


BLANK JOY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: She who did not come, wasn't she determined
Last Line: I preferred you among so many outlined joys


BLESSED, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The angels stand there, immense angels stand
Last Line: And blesses us even if we barely lift it


BLIND MAN'S SONG, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: I am blind, you out there. That is a curse


BLIND WOMAN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: You aren't afraid to speak of it
Last Line: Doesn't find my eyes %I know


BLUE HYDRANGEAS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Like the last green in crucibles of dyes
Last Line: A touching blue rejoicing in the green.


BLUE HYDRANGEAS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: These leaves are like the last vestige of green
Last Line: A touching blue delights itself in green


BLUE VIOLIN, by DORIS RADIN               
First Line: Not the melancholy violin of rilke
Last Line: Wound pillow gone and the handkerchief %wound in its winding sheet %I hear it still


BODY WASHERS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: They had gotten used to him. But when
Last Line: Lay bare and cleanly there and issued laws


BODY'S CROSSROADS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The body's crossroads: and yet the heavenly streets
Last Line: Are turned round and out into pure space


BOOK OF HOURS, SELS., by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: I live my life in circles that grow wide
Subject(s): Immortality


BOOK OF THE MONK'S LIFE, SELS., by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography


BOWL OF ROSES, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Angry ones: you saw them flare up, saw two boys
Last Line: It now lies carefree in these open roses


BOWL OF ROSES, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Anger, you've seen it flare up, seen two boys


BOWL OF ROSES, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: You saw angry ones flare, saw two boys
Last Line: Now it lies free of cares in the open roses
Subject(s): Flowers; Roses


BOY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: I'd like, above all, to be one of those
Last Line: We ride, and our great horses rush like rain


BREATHING, INVISIBLE POEM! THAT GREAT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Rondure and leaf of my phrases


BREATHING, INVISIBLE POEM! THAT GREAT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Rondure and leaf of my phrases


BRIDE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Call to me, love, call to me loudly
Last Line: Into the gardens of %dark blue
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Marriage


BRIDGE OF THE CAROUSEL, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The blind man, standing on the bridge, as grey
Last Line: The somber entrance to the underworld %amid a blindly passing breed of men


BROTHER BODY IS POOR, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Brother body is poor...: then we'll have to be rich for him
Last Line: Friendship is hard


BUDDHA IN GLORY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Center of all centers, core of cores
Last Line: Will be, when all the stars are dead
Subject(s): Imagination; Religion; Vision


BUT IF YOU'D TRY THIS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: But if you'd try this: to be hand in my hand
Last Line: If you'd try this


BUT WHAT SHALL I OFFER YOU, MASTER, SAY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Unbrokenly through him. %his image: accept


BUT WHAT SHALL I OFFER YOU, MASTER, SAY,, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Unbrokenly through him. %his image accept


BY THE SUN-ACCUSTOMED STREET, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: By the sun-accustomed street, in the
Last Line: Be it on the rapture of your breasts


BY THE SUN-SURROUNDED ROAD,, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Be it on the pressure of your breasts


CADET PICTURE OF MY FATHER, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: There's absence in the eyes. The brow's in touch
Last Line: Oh quickly disappearing photograph %in my more slowly disappearing hand!


CADET-PICTURE OF RILKE'S FATHER, by ROBERT LOWELL                Poet's Biography
First Line: There's absence in the eyes. The brow's in touch
Last Line: In my more slowly disappearing hand


CALL ME TO YOUR LONELY MEETING-PLACES, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Of a peril ripening unseen


CAT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The show cat: a soul conferring
Last Line: Seem signed by magisterial misfortune


CHANGE THOUGH THE WORLD MAY AS FAST, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Hallowing and hailing


CHANGE THOUGH THE WORLD MAY AS FAST, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Hallowing and hailing


CHARLES THE TWELFTH OF SWEDEN RIDES IN THE UKRAINE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Kings in legends are like
Last Line: And with the eyes of lovers


CHEERFUL GIFT FROM THE CHILLIER, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: And as they happily maintain %going is song


CHILD IN RED, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sometimes she walks thrugh the village in her little red dress
Last Line: The little red dress will always seem right


CHILDHOOD, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The school's long stream of time and tediousness
Last Line: Oh, where, oh, where


CHILDHOOD, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: School's long anxiety and time slips past
Last Line: To where? To where?


CHILDHOOD, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Time in school drags along with so much worry
Last Line: On childhood, what was us going away, %going where? Where?
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision


CHILDHOOD [KINDHEIT], by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: So ran the schoolday, full of time and stress


CHRIST'S DESCENT INTO HELL, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Finally suffered-out, his being exited the terrible
Last Line: Stood, no handhold, possessor of pains. Was silent


CHRIST'S DESCENT INTO HELL, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: When it was too much, he passed out
Last Line: Stood there, without a railing, landlord of agony. %silent


CLOSING PIECE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Death is great
Last Line: Immersed in us


CLOUDS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: These laborers of rain, these heavy clouds
Last Line: And closes herself on the unutterable


COME WHEN YOU SHOULD, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Come when you should. All this will have been
Last Line: That vioceless heartstream of things held dear


COME YOU, YOU LAST ONE, WHOM I AVOW, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Do not mix into this what early enthralled


COME, YOU LAST THING, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Come, you last thing, which I acknowledge
Last Line: Don't mix those early marvels into this


CONFIRMED, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: In white veils the confirmed enter
Last Line: And many windows opened up and shone


CORNET; MANNER OF LOVING & DYING OF CHRISTOPHER RILKE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Riding, riding, riding, day and night in the saddle
Last Line: There he saw an old woman's tears
Subject(s): Death; Fire; Flags; Flowers; Friendship; Grief; Love; Melancholy; Mothers And Sons; Roses; Sex; Soldiers; Travel; War


CORONA: AGAINST RILKE, by JEFFREY SKINNER               
First Line: If I were made better I'd like it more


DANCER: YOU TRANSMUTATION, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Swiftly inscribed on the wall of your own swift turning


DAS BUCH DER BILDER: 6. FROM A STORMY NIGHT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: On nights like this all cities are alike
Last Line: And hold their hands before their faces


DAS BUCH DER BILDER: 8. FROM A STORMY NIGHT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: On nights like this my little sister grows
Last Line: She must be lovely now. Soon the suitors will call


DAS BUCH DER BILDER: AUTUMN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The leaves fall, fall as if from far away
Last Line: Eternally in his hands' tenderness


DAS BUCH DER BILDER: AUTUMN DAY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Lord, it is time. The summer was too long
Last Line: Restlessly wander when dead leaves are blown


DAS BUCH DER BILDER: END OF AUTUMN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: I have seen for some time now
Last Line: Of the sky lies heavily


DAS BUCH DER BILDER: EVENING, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Slowly now the evening changes his garments
Last Line: Is changed in you by turns to stone and stars


DAS BUCH DER BILDER: FROM A CHILDHOOD, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The darkness was a richness in the room
Last Line: Heavily through deep drifts of snow


DAS BUCH DER BILDER: INITIATION, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Whoever you are, go out into the evening
Last Line: Then tenderly your eyes will let it go...


DAS BUCH DER BILDER: LAMENT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh, everything is far
Last Line: In the sky at the end of the beam of light


DAS BUCH DER BILDER: MADNESS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: She must ever brood: I am...I am...
Last Line: Yes, dance in a city street!


DAS BUCH DER BILDER: MEMORY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: And you wait, awaiting the one
Last Line: Of anguish and vision and prayer


DAS BUCH DER BILDER: SOLEMN HOUR, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Who weeps now anywhere in the world
Last Line: Looks at me


DAS BUCH DER BILDER: SOLITUDE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Solitude is like a rain
Last Line: Then solitude flows onward with the rivers


DAS BUCH DER BILDER: STROPHES, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: There is one who takes all within his hand
Last Line: Though I have heard much evil of him spoken


DAS BUCH DER BILDER: THE ANGELS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: They all have weary mouths
Last Line: The leaves of the dark book of the beginning


DAS BUCH DER BILDER: THE KNIGHT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The knight rides forth in sable mail
Last Line: And sing %and play?


DAS BUCH DER BILDER: THE NEIGHBOR, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Strange violin, are you following me?
Last Line: Than the heaviness of all things?


DAS BUCH DER BILDER: THE SOLITARY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: As one who has sailed across an unknown sea
Last Line: But here they hold their breath, as if for shame


DAS BUCH DER BILDER: THE SONG OF THE WAIF, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: I am nobody and always will be
Last Line: He doesn't love anything now


DAVID, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh that the king might once more command me
Last Line: That which he commanded


DAVID SINGS FOR SAUL, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: King, do you hear how my strings
Last Line: We'd almost make one circling star


DEATH, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Here stands death, a bluish decoction
Last Line: Not to forget you. To stand
Subject(s): Death


DEATH, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: And here stands death, a bluish distillate
Last Line: Never to forget you. To stand


DEATH, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: There death stands, a bluish residue
Last Line: Never to forget you. To stay standing


DEATH, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Death stands there, a bluish concoction
Last Line: Not to forget this. To last!


DEATH IS GREAT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography


DEATH OF MARY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The identical angel, the great one who
Last Line: Friend, kneel here. Look after me when I go, and %sing


DEATH OF MOSES, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: None of them, only the dark, fallen angel
Last Line: A re-created one, among the mountains of the earth, %indisti


DEATH OF MOSES, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: None of them were willing, just the dark
Last Line: Earth, %hidden to us


DEATH OF THE BELOVED, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: He knew death only from what all men say
Subject(s): Immortality


DEATH OF THE POET, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: He lay. His propped-up countenance severe
Subject(s): Death


DEATH-EXPERIENCE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: We don't know anything about this passing on--it
Last Line: We play life true, not thinking of applause


DIVINE DISGRACE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Too unfaithful mouth, my blunt will
Last Line: But no more iron forged between us


DO YOU ALSO PONDER THAT WE ARE ALL, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: We gamecup, into which the ball falls


DO YOU STILL REMEMBER, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Do you still remember: falling stars, how
Last Line: And was whole, as though it would survive them


DOES HE BELONG HERE? NO, HIS SPREADING, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Glorifying pitchers or bracelets or rings


DOES HE BELONG HERE? NO, HIS SPREADING, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Glorifying pitchers or bracelets or rings


DOES IT EXIST, THOUGH, TIME THE DESTROYER, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Powers a celestial need
Subject(s): Troy


DOG, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Up there's the image of a world which glances
Last Line: And yet renouncing: for he wouldn't be


DOLL. TEMPTATION!, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: The loaded doll, which falls into the chasm


DON JUAN'S CHILDHOOD, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: In his slenderness, already almost the decisive factor
Last Line: Which admired him and moved him


DOVE THAT VENTURED OUTSIDE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Subject(s): Religion


DU MUSST DEIN LEBEN ANDERN - RILKE, by JEAN VALENTINE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: What was once is still
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


DUINO ELEGIES: 1, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Who, if I shouted, among the hierarchy of angels
Last Line: That vibration which now enraptures, consoles and helps us?


DUINO ELEGIES: 1, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the angels'
Last Line: That harmony which now enraptures and comforts and helps us
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision


DUINO ELEGIES: 1, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: If I did cry out, who would hear me through the angel
Last Line: Began those vibrations that now charm us and comfort %and help


DUINO ELEGIES: 10, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: That someday at the close of this grim vision
Last Line: When a joyous thing falls


DUINO ELEGIES: 10, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Someday, emerging at last from the violent insight
Last Line: Whenever a happy thing falls
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision


DUINO ELEGIES: 10., by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: May I some day, at the exit of grim understanding
Last Line: When a happy thing falls


DUINO ELEGIES: 2, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Every angel is terrible. And yet, alas
Last Line: Wherein it tempers itself more loftily


DUINO ELEGIES: 2, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Every angel is terrifying. But, alas
Last Line: Follow it in images that soothe it or in godlike bodies %where it achieves an even greater restraint


DUINO ELEGIES: 2, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Every angel is terrifying. And yet, alas
Last Line: Where, measured more greatly, it achieves a greater repose
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision


DUINO ELEGIES: 2, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Every angel is terrible. Still though, alas!


DUINO ELEGIES: 3, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: It is one thing to sing the beloved. Another, alas
Last Line: The preponderance of the nights...Restrain him


DUINO ELEGIES: 3, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: It's one thing to sing about someone you love. But another thing
Last Line: Lead him toward the garden, give him the night's %superabundance. %hold him back...


DUINO ELEGIES: 3, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: It is one thing to sing the beloved
Last Line: The heaviest night - %restrain him


DUINO ELEGIES: 4, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: O trees of life, oh, when winterly?
Last Line: Is past description


DUINO ELEGIES: 4, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: O trees of life, what are your signs of winter
Last Line: So gently and so free from all resentment, %transcends description


DUINO ELEGIES: 4, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: O trees of life, o when's winter's sleep?
Last Line: All of death, so gently even before you've lived %and not get angry, %that's beyond all description


DUINO ELEGIES: 4, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: O trees of life, when does your winter come
Last Line: Gently, and not refuse to go on living, %is inexpressible


DUINO ELEGIES: 5, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: But tell me. Who are these vagrants, these even a little
Last Line: On the assuaged carpet?


DUINO ELEGIES: 5, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: But tell me, who are they, these travellers, even a little
Last Line: Truthfully smiling pair on the quietened carpet


DUINO ELEGIES: 5, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: But tell me, who are they, these itinerant acrobats, a little
Last Line: Whose smile finally became genuine out %on the motionless carpet?
Subject(s): Acrobats And Acrobatism


DUINO ELEGIES: 5, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Yet who are they, tell me, the travellers, these a bit


DUINO ELEGIES: 5, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: But tell me, who are they, these wanderers, even more
Last Line: Genuinely smiling pair on the gratified carpet


DUINO ELEGIES: 6, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Fig tree, for ever so long it's meant much to me
Last Line: Already turning, he stood at the end of smiles, another


DUINO ELEGIES: 6, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Fig tree, how long it's been full meaning for me
Last Line: Turning away, he's stand at the end of the smiles, another


DUINO ELEGIES: 6, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Fig tree, how long it's had meaning for me
Last Line: Already turned away, he stood at the end of the smiles %transformed


DUINO ELEGIES: 6, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Fig-tree, for such a long time I have found meaning
Last Line: At the end of all smiles, %-- transfigured
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision


DUINO ELEGIES: 7, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Wooing no more, not wooing , but the voice sprung from it
Last Line: You unseizable one, wide open


DUINO ELEGIES: 7, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Don't let wooing be the nature of your cry anymore
Last Line: Incomprehensible being, spread wide open


DUINO ELEGIES: 7, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Not wooing, no longer shall wooing, voice that has outgrown
Last Line: And warning, inapprehensible
Subject(s): Longing; Religion


DUINO ELEGIES: 7, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Not wooing, no longer shall wooing
Last Line: Ungraspable one, far above


DUINO ELEGIES: 8, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: With full gaze the animal sees the open
Last Line: Forever saying farewell


DUINO ELEGIES: 8, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: With all its eyes the creature-world beholds
Last Line: We live our lives, for ever taking leave


DUINO ELEGIES: 8, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: With all their eyes, all creatures see
Last Line: We live that way forever saying goodbye


DUINO ELEGIES: 8, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: With all its eyes the animal looks out into
Last Line: So we live and are forever taking our leave


DUINO ELEGIES: 8, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: All other creatures look into the open
Subject(s): Animals


DUINO ELEGIES: 8, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: With all its eyes the natural world looks out
Last Line: So we live here, forever taking leave


DUINO ELEGIES: 9, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Why, if it's possible to spend this span
Last Line: Is welling up in my heart


DUINO ELEGIES: 9, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Why, when this span of life might be fleeted away
Last Line: Supernumerous existence %wells up in my heart


DUINO ELEGIES: 9, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Why, if it's possible to spend the term of existence
Last Line: Diminishes...Overflowing being %springs up in my heart


DUINO ELEGIES: 9, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Why, if this interval of being can be spent serenely
Last Line: Grows any smaller -- superabundant %being wells up in my heart
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision


EARLIER, HOW OFTEN, WE'D REMAIN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Earlier, how often, we'd remain, star in star
Last Line: And the night, how it granted us %the wide-awake accord


EARLY APOLLO, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: As framing boughs, still leafless, can exhibit
Last Line: Its singing were being gradually infused


EARLY SPRING, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Harshness disappeared. Suddenly caring spreads itself
Last Line: Visage in the empty tree


EARLY SPRING, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Harshness gone. And sudden mitigation
Last Line: Unexpectedly you find it, welling %upwards in the empty tree
Subject(s): Nature


EIGHT VERSIONS FROM RILKE'S SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FLIGHT, by DON PATERSON               
First Line: Only when flight %no longer draws
Last Line: And be his flight's end


EIGHT VERSIONS FROM RILKE'S SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: STREAM, by DON PATERSON               
First Line: God is the place that always heals over
Last Line: From its quietest instinct


EIGHT VERSIONS FROM RILKE'S SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: THE DEAD, by DON PATERSON               
First Line: Our business is with fruit and leaf and bloom
Last Line: This hybrid thing-part brute force, part mute kiss?


EIGHT VERSIONS FROM RILKE'S SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: THE FLOWERS, by DON PATERSON               
First Line: Consider the flowers: true only to the earth
Last Line: A meadow-brother, a breath inside the wind


EIGHT VERSIONS FROM RILKE'S SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: THE MACHINE, by DON PATERSON               
First Line: Do you hear the new, master?
Last Line: Let them still: let them serve us


EIGHT VERSIONS FROM RILKE'S SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: THE PASSING, by DON PATERSON               
First Line: Be ahead of all departure; learn to act
Last Line: The nothing of yourself, and clear the slate


EIGHT VERSIONS FROM RILKE'S SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: THE SARCOPHAGI IN ...., by DON PATERSON               
First Line: Old tombs, you never leave me long
Last Line: That darkens every human face


EIGHT VERSIONS FROM RILKE'S SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: UNICORN, by DON PATERSON               
First Line: This is the animal that never was
Last Line: Then one day walked out, and passed into her


EIGHTH ELEGY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: With all its eyes the creature
Last Line: So we live, forever taking our leave


EIGHTH ELEGY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: It is with all its eyes that the creature sees
Last Line: That way we live, forever taking leave


ELEGY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: O the losses into the all, marina, the falling stars
Last Line: Our own solitary course over the sleepless landscape


ELEGY FOR RILKE, by DOUGLAS S JOHNSON               
First Line: It is the only struggle
Last Line: Walk in stark anoymity


END OF AUTUMN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: I have seen for some time
Last Line: Relentlessly denying sky


ENTELECHY (AFTER RILKE), by DOUGLAS S JOHNSON               
First Line: As we meet in this garden
Last Line: And then, fountainwise %rises, joyous, again


ENTRANCE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Whoever you are: in the evening step out
Last Line: Tenderly your eyes let it go


ENTRANCE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Whoever you are: step out of doors tonight
Last Line: Then close your eyes and gently set it free


EPISTLE TO RILKE'S ANGEL, by ROBIN SCOFIELD               
First Line: You call out to the one who walks on castle walls
Last Line: What I thought when I saw the falling star


EVA, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Simply she stands, by the cathedral portal


EVE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: On the immense rise of the cathedral


EVENING, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Slowly he evening puts on the garments
Last Line: Grows alternately stone in you and star


EVENING IN SKANE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The park is high. And as out of a house
Last Line: Distance as perhaps only birds know


EVENING LOVE SONG, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Orfnamental clouds
Last Line: With these black horizontals


EVENING STAR, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: One star in the dark pass of the houses


EVERYTHING IS PLAY, AND YET PLAYS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography


EXPERIENCE OF DEATH, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: We have no clues to this departed state


EXPERIENCE OF DEATH, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: We cannot grasp this one departure that
Last Line: Perform real life, not caring who applauds


EXPOSED ON THE CLIFFS OF THE HEART. LOOK, HOW TINY ..., by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Without a shelter, here on the cliffs of the heart
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision


EXTRATERRESTRIAL: A WEDDING FOR NINA AND JOHN, by ALICIA SUSKIN OSTRIKER                Poet's Biography
First Line: Nina and john: there are spaceships circling above us
Last Line: Who are they really? Maybe rilke was right. %maybe they're angels


FADED, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: She carries her handkerchief, her gloves


FAMILY RILKE, by DEBORA GREGER               
First Line: Bluing and salt, the bay's eye brimmed
Last Line: These blue-gray letters were his eyes


FIFTH ELEGY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: But who are they, tell me these itinerants, more
Last Line: Truly smiling pair on the quietened %carpet?


FIRE'S REFLECTION, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Perhaps it's no more than the fire's reflection
Last Line: By an overflowing heart


FIRST ELEGY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Who, if I screamed out, would hear me among the hierarchies
Last Line: The vibration that now enraptures, consoles, and helps us


FIRST LETTER TO M, by STEPHEN GIBSON               
First Line: What I do here in d.C. Is ride my bicycle as a messenger all day and when I
Last Line: Poem I don't hate at the end of the month. But isn't this the lesson rilke taught us? That it might


FLAMINGOS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: With all the subtle paints of fragonard
Last Line: Stride into their imaginary world
Subject(s): Birds


FLAMINGOS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: In these fragonard-like mirrorings
Last Line: And stride off one by one into the imaginary


FLAMINGOS; JARDIN DE PLANTES, PARIS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: With all the subtle paints of fragonard
Last Line: But they stretch out, astonished, and one by one %stride into their imaginary world
Subject(s): Flamingos; Paris, France


FLOWERS, WHOSE KINSHIP WITH ORDERING HANDS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: You to them once more, who blend with you %in their bloom


FLOWERS, WHOSE KINSHIP WITH ORDERING HANDS WE ARE ABLE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: You to them once more, who blend with you %in their bloom


FOOTNOTE ON A GIFT, by JOHN MATTHIAS               
First Line: My friend, your teacher, gives you rilke's elegies
Last Line: You need not whisper to the city or yourself %a misconceived intransitive-subordinate


FOR A FRIEND, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: I have my dead, and I would let them go
Last Line: As the most distant sometimes helps: in me
Variant Title(s): Requie
Subject(s): Mourning


FOR COUNT KARL LANCKORONSKI, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: No intellect, no ardour is redundant
Last Line: The rhythm of some stoniness within


FOR HANS CAROSSA, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Losing also is ours; and even forgetting
Last Line: Of these circles: they trace around us the unbroken figure


FOR HANS CAROSSA, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Losing too is still ours; and even forgetting


FOR LORD, THE CROWDED CITIES BE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography


FOR MAX PICARD, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: And so we stand with mirrors
Last Line: Only for this. But this repays


FOR THE SAKE OF A SINGLE POEM, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Ah, poems amount to so little when you write them too early in your life
Last Line: Some very rare hour the first word of a poem arises in their midst and goes forth from them
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision


FORCE OF GRAVITY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Center, how you draw yourself out
Last Line: Abundant rain of force


FORGET, FORGET, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Forget, forget, and let us live now
Last Line: And invest this world where %everything is lunar


FOUNTAIN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: I want just one lesson, and it's yours
Last Line: Return passes through your liquid leaping


FOURTH ELEGY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: O trees of life, when does your winter come?
Last Line: This is beyond description


FRAGMENT OF A RESURRECTION, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: With a blast of its trumpet the angel
Last Line: Which stand above, ranked according to the %great ones


FRAGMENTS FROM LOST DAYS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Like birds that get used to walking
Last Line: In which all things change


FROM A CHILDHOOD, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The dark grew ripe like treasure in the room
Last Line: And over the white keys went


FROM A CHILDHOOD, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The darkening was like treasures in the room
Last Line: Traveled over the white keys


FROM A CHILDHOOD, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The darkening was like riches in the room
Last Line: As it were heavily in snowdrifts going, %over the white keys went
Subject(s): Children; Time


FROM A CHILDHOOD, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The darkening was like riches in the room
Last Line: It went over the white keys


FROM A STORMY NIGHT: 1, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Nights like these, you can meet in the streets
Last Line: Of fishes and the diving of hawsers


FROM A STORMY NIGHT: 2, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Nights like these, the prison doors swing open
Last Line: Hung with their long punishments %woods


FROM A STORMY NIGHT: 3, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Nights like these, there is suddenly
Last Line: Which plays as he fades


FROM A STORMY NIGHT: 4, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Nights like these, as in days long past
Last Line: By blind tortoises, which begin to stir


FROM A STORMY NIGHT: 5, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Nights like these, the unhealable know
Last Line: And: so he will celebrate that %he feels


FROM A STORMY NIGHT: 6, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Nights like these, all the cities are the same
Last Line: And hold their hands in front of their faces


FROM A STORMY NIGHT: 7, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Nights like these, the dying see clearly
Last Line: Which they have gathered throughout years %that are gone


FROM A STORMY NIGHT: 8, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Nights like these, my little sister grows
Last Line: She must be beautiful by now. Soon someone %will wed her


FROM A STORMY NIGHT: TITLE LEAF, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The night, stirred by burgeoning storms
Last Line: For thousands of years


FROM AN APRIL, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Again the woods smell sweet
Last Line: Into the brushwood's glimmering buds


FROM CHILDHOOD, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The darkness in the room was like enormous riches
Last Line: As if plowing through deep drifts of snow
Subject(s): Men; Mothers


FROM FATHER TO SON, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Reject the complicated life
Last Line: From father to son and from son to father
Subject(s): Fathers And Sons


FROM OUT OF A STORMY NIGHT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: On nights like this, as many days gone by
Last Line: By blind turtles, that stir themselves and shake
Subject(s): Night


FROM READING RILKE, THE FIRST ELEGY, by ROB STUART               
First Line: When as children we pressed the snow
Last Line: By their angels ringed %find themselves with laughter, winged


FROM THE BACK OF THE ROOM, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: From the back of the room, the bed, only a pallor spread
Last Line: Where their flight flashing in soft arcs parades a return of gentleness


FROM THE CYCLE: NIGHTS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Night. Oh you in depths dissolving
Last Line: Earth, I dare in you to be


FROM THE POEMS OF COUNT C.W., by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Karnak. We'd ridden, dinner quickly done with
Last Line: Yet who but gives the price gives up the prize


FROM THE SONNETS TO ORPHEUS, PART ONE: 1, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: There rose a tree. O pure uprising!
Last Line: You built a temple in the precincts of their hearing


FROM THE SONNETS TO ORPHEUS, PART ONE: 2, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: It was nearly a girl who went forth
Last Line: From me -- where does she fade to? Still nearly a girl...


FROM THE SONNETS TO ORPHEUS, PART ONE: 3, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Erect no memorial stone. Let the rose
Last Line: And he obeys while breaking all the bans


FROM TIME TO TIME, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: And raised up and destroyed from far away


FRUIT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: It climbed and climbed from earth invisibly
Last Line: Back to the centre it outgrew


FULL POWER, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Ah, could we escape counters and strikers of hours
Last Line: Animal steps into the mortal blow


FURROW IN MY BRAIN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Over you and them


FUTURE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The future: time's excuse
Last Line: The absence that we are


GARDEN, BY APPROACHING RAINS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Gardens, by approaching rains almost tenderly darkened
Last Line: Even in the lightest things we waken counterweight


GAZELLE; GAZELLA DORCAS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Enchanted thing: how can two chosen words
Last Line: A girl hears leaves rustle, and turns to look: %the forest pool reflected in her face
Subject(s): Gazelles


GEORGIA O'KEEFE'S BONES, by DANELIA WILD               
First Line: I am reading rilke again
Last Line: When I see myself %my bones %on her canvas


GIRL'S MELANCHOLY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: A young knight comes to mind
Last Line: On a favorite book


GIRLS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Others must travel long paths
Last Line: Like foresight, that many look on you


GIVE ME, OH EARTH, PURE UNMINGLING, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: All being suits itself


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


GLORY OF BUDDHA, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Center of all centers, pit of all pits
Last Line: That which will outlive these suns


GOD CAN DO IT. BUT CAN A MAN EXPECT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: An aimless breath. A stirring in the god. A breeze


GOD IN THE MIDDLE AGES, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: And they confined him at attention
Last Line: And fled the face of ciphers glaring down


GOD IN THE MIDDLE AGES, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: And they'd stored him up inside themselves
Last Line: And fled before his face


GOD WON'T BE LIVED LIKE SOME LIGHT MORNING, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Stand hunched and pry him loose in tunnels


GODS PERHAPS ARE STILL STRIDING ALONG, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Suddenly adheres itself %to its erected forms


GOING BLIND, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: She sat just like the rest at tea that day
Last Line: She would no longer walk: for she would soar
Subject(s): Blindness


GOING BLIND, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: She sat just like the other ones at tea
Subject(s): Blindness


GOING BLIND, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: She sat at tea just like the others. First
Last Line: Might not be walking any more, but flying


GOING BLIND, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: She sat much like the others at tea
Last Line: She would no longer walk, but fly


GOLD DWELLS SOMEWHERE AT EASE IN THE PAMPERING BANK, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Only a god could hear


GOLDSMITH, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Slowly! Patience! I remind the wings


GONG, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: No more for ears - tone
Last Line: Our treason toward all - gong!


GONG [II], by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: No longer for ears...: sound
Last Line: Our treason -- to everything...: gong


GONG [I], by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sound, no longer measurable
Last Line: Were space maturing


GRAVITY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Center, how you from all things living
Last Line: As from a cloud suspended, %gravity's ample rain


GRAY LOVE-SNAKES, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Gray love-snakes I have startled
Last Line: They lie on me now and digest %lumps of lust


GREAT NIGHT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Often I stare at you, stand at a window begun yesterday
Last Line: Shed a smile and entered me


GREAT NIGHT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Often I stared at you, stood at the window begun yesterday
Last Line: Passed over me. Your smile, spanning vast %solemnities, ent


GREEK LOVE-TALK, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: What I, as one loved, already early learned
Last Line: And their own pleasure superintend


GROWING BLIND, by RAINER MARIA RILKE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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


GROWING OLD, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: In some summers there is so much fruit
Last Line: As uselessly as the power of millennia


GROWNUP, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: All this stood on her and was the world
Last Line: In thee, thou once a child, in thee
Subject(s): Change; Children; Growth; Women


GUARDIAN ANGEL, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: You are the bird whose wings came
Last Line: Do I need to ask


GUEST, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Who is the guest? I was in your circle
Last Line: Equally distant from known and unknown


HAIKU, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Little moths stagger quivering out of the hedge
Last Line: They will die this evening and will never realize %that it wasn't spring


HAIL THE SPIRIT ABLE TO UNITE!, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Into summer? Does not earth bestow


HAIL, THE SPIRIT ABLE TO UNITE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Into summer? Does not earth bestow


HAIL, THE SPIRIT ABLE TO UNITE!, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Into summer? Does not earth bestow


HAND, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: See the little titmouse
Last Line: Still has death enough %and held money


HAND, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Look at the tiny bird
Last Line: There is still death enough %and was money


HARK, THE EARLIEST HARROWS STRIVING, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Hours grow more eternally young


HARK, THE EARLIEST HARROWS STRIVING, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Hours grow more eternally young


HAWTHORNE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The hawthorne there: who would guess
Last Line: You who had to have them in your room -- %so many flowers


HE BOY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: I want to become like one of those
Last Line: And our horses sweep down like rain


HEAD OF AMENOPHIS IV IN BERLIN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: As young meadows, flowerfilled, through
Last Line: Sensual separation of its nosstrils.) (provisional)


HEART'S SWING, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Heart's swing. O so securely fastened
Last Line: Of the rounding, ever-reversing strength


HER SMILE HAD BECOME, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Inside the chosen case


HERBSTTAG, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Now is the right time, lord. Summer is over
Last Line: In the late streets, while the leaves stray down


HOLY MEN, ALL, by EDWARD FIELD                Poet's Biography
First Line: Rilke in religious mode
Last Line: To the oxford book of modern verse
Alternate Author Name(s): Elliot, Bruce
Subject(s): Homosexuality


HOW I READ RILKE, by BECKY BIRTHA               
First Line: Upstairs at the co-op
Last Line: To give me %who I am


HOW IT THRILLS US, THE BIRD'S CLEAR CRY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: May bear on its waters the head and the lyre


HOW IT THRILLS US, THE BIRD'S CLEAR CRY..., by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: May bear on its waters the head and the lyre


HOW SHOULD SUCH A BOOK, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: And mysterious glow which doesn't die


HUMAN BEINGS AT NIGHT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The nights are not made for the masses
Last Line: And mean: anybody


I AM, O ANXIOUS ONE. DON'T YOU HEAR MY VOICE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: And turn myself into a star's vast silence %above the strange and distant city, time
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision


I FIND YOU IN ALL THESE THINGS OF THE WORLD, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: And in the treetops like a rising from the dead


I HAVE MANY BROTHERS IN THE SOUTH, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Near the ground, and just wave a little in the wind


I LIVE MY LIFE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: I live my life in growing orbits
Last Line: Or a great song
Subject(s): Men


I REMEMBER RILKE, by DARA WIER                Poet's Biography
First Line: I remember rilke sopping wet
Last Line: Her sensible wrist. I don't %truly remember much more about rilke


I WANT TO KNOW HOW RILKE DID IT, by IONNA-VERONIKA WARWICK               
First Line: Write poetry, I mean
Last Line: The future would be more %advanced in matters of love


I WANT TO SPEAK UP, NO MORE THE WORRIED, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: And may the spirit, who takes it from my mouth, %turn it to good use for the eternal


I WAS A CHILD, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography


I'M NOT SURE YET WHEN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: I'm not sure yet when
Last Line: Is already talking with the earth


I, 19, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Though the world changes quickly
Last Line: Over the land song alone %hallows and celebrates


I, 2, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: And almost a girl it was who went forth
Last Line: Where does she sink to out of me?...A girl almost


I, 3, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: A god can do it. But tell me how a man
Last Line: A breath about nothing. A blowing in the god. A wind


I, 5, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Erect no memorial. Just let the rose
Last Line: And he obeys, in that he oversteps


I, KNOWER, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: I knower: possessing the secrets
Last Line: Outward-resolved, as if breaking off with me


IDOL, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: God or goddess of the sleep of cats
Last Line: Into its inwardly receding might


IF YOU'D ATTEMPT THIS, HOWEVER: HAND IN HAND TO BE MINE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: If you'd attempt this


II, 13, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Be ahead of all parting, as if it were behind
Last Line: Add yourself, exulting, and strike the count


IMAGINARY CAREER, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: First a childhood, boundless and without
Last Line: Then god plunged out of his hiding place


IMAGINING ANGELS: 1, by MARJORIE STELMACH               
First Line: Rilke, the angels are stiff with years
Last Line: I can only conclude the angels are older, %the angels are dying


IMPROVISATIONS OF THE CAPRISIAN WINTER, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Every day you stand there towering in the heart's
Last Line: House what remains of the inconceivable, %as if it were ours


IN IGNORANCE BEFORE THE HEAVENS OF MY LIFE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: And not in apparent protection, pacified by what's %near


IN NORA'S HOUSE WITH RILKE'S APOLLO, by CLARK COOLIDGE               
First Line: He cannot his unheard skull
Last Line: Just pending as the golden whistle and sand off all eyes


IN RILKE'S PARIS, by SUSAN LUDVIGSON                Poet's Biography
First Line: Today I wake to his meditations %on the city. While he laments
Last Line: The poet's dream-- %'the winged energy of delight.'


IN THE BLACK FOREST BEFORE THE BIRTH OF RILKE, by CONRAD               
First Line: Under her skirts of bark
Last Line: The hidden pencils grow


IN THE CERTOSA, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Each member of the white brotherhood
Last Line: For his flowers all bloom red


IN THE SUN-ACCUSTOMED LANE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Shoulders, %or the pressure of your breasts


IN THIS TOWN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: In this town the last house stands
Last Line: And many perhaps die on the road


INDULGENCES, by MICHAEL+(2) HOGAN               
First Line: Peaches so sweet this summer
Last Line: In a book of rilke and cry softly. %and it will rain on the warm earth


INITIAL, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Out of infinite desires rise
Last Line: They conme forth in these dancing tears


INITIAL, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Let your beauty manifest itself
Last Line: Comes at long last over everyone


INSANE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: And they are silent


INTERIOR PORTRAIT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: You don't survive in me
Last Line: To lose you a little less


ISLAND, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The tide will blur what path there was, so as


ISLAND, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The next high tide will wash away the mud flats'
Last Line: Of the planets, suns, and galaxies


IT WAS THAT LOVE OF LANGUAGE COMES KILLING IN PERFECT COMETS, by ROBYN EWING               
First Line: Dear mr. Rilke, %it was
Last Line: To my thrift store faton %to recover


JOSEPH'S SUSPICION, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: And the angel, striving to explain
Last Line: Heavy cap came off. Then he sang praise


JOSEPH'S SUSPICION, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: And the angel, taking some pains, told
Subject(s): Christmas


JOSEPH'S SUSPICION, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The angel spoke and tried to hold
Last Line: Cap slowly off. And then sang praise


JOSEPH'S SUSPICION, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The angel spoke and went to great trouble
Last Line: Pushed off his cap. And sang in praise


JOURNEY TO MUZOT, by HILDA MORLEY                Poet's Biography
First Line: Through the mountain-landscape
Last Line: What I am doubtful of %in rilke
Alternate Author Name(s): Auerbach, Hilda; Wolpe, Stefan, Mrs.


JUDITH'S RETURN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sleepers, the damp on my feet is still black, indistinct. Dew they
Last Line: That will call, birdcall, before the locked-in city of fear


JUST AS THE WINGED ENERGY OF DELIGHT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Is where god learns
Subject(s): Men


JUST GUESSING: A LITTLE LECTURE ON AMBITION, by DAVID GRAHAM               
First Line: Rainer maria rilke never worked a day
Last Line: No: like you, like me, rilke was just guessing
Subject(s): Education; English Language; Schools; Teaching And Teachers


KING, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The king's sixteen years old
Last Line: He's simply counting to seventy, slowly, %before he signs


KNIGHT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Rides in black steel the knight away
Last Line: Then I ast last may stretch and sing %and play
Subject(s): Death; Grail; Knights And Knighthood; Peace


LACE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Being human: term for a flickering possession
Last Line: Soon %to smile and soar


LACHRYMATORY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Others carry the wine, others carry the oil
Last Line: Made me brittle finally and made me empty


LADY AT THE MIRROR, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Softly, she dissolves her tired comportment
Last Line: Reflects the lights again, the dresser bureau, %and a sudden late hour's sorrow


LADY BEFORE THE MIRROR, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: At the mirror's surface she'll begin
Last Line: And a late hour's undissolving lees


LADY ON A BALCONY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Clothed with the wind, light in the light


LAMENT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: How far off all things seem
Last Line: Stands at the end of the ray in the sky


LAMENT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: How everything is far away
Last Line: Stands at its light's end in the sky


LAMENT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: To whom, heart, would you lament? Ever more avoided
Last Line: By angels, themselves invisible


LAMENT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Aathing faur gone
Last Line: Stauns at the end of that beam in the heivens
Subject(s): Scottish Translations


LAMENT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: All is far %and long gone by
Last Line: Stands like a white city
Subject(s): Despair; Grief; Lament; Solitude


LANDSCAPE STOPPED HALFWAY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Warm, like bread


LAST ENTRY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Come, you last of those I will see
Last Line: Don't confuse that first astonishment with this


LAST EVENING, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: And night and distant travel; for the train
Subject(s): War


LAST EVENING, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Night and the distant rumbling: for the train
Last Line: Stood the black shako with the white death's - head
Subject(s): War


LAST JUDGMENT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: They will all as if out of a bath
Last Line: Such is their belief: great and without grace


LAST JUDGMENT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Shocked as they were never shocked before
Last Line: Gently, to see if it's worth anything


LAST OF HIS LINE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: I have no paternal house
Last Line: It is as if set down %upon a wave


LAST SUPPER, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Amazed, bewildered, they are gathered round him
Last Line: Like the still twilight hour, is everywhere


LAST SUPPER, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: They are assembled -- astonished, panicked
Last Line: Like a twilight hour, is everywhere


LAST SUPPER, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Astonished and upset, they are gathered
Subject(s): Last Supper, The


LAST SUPPER, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: They are gathered, astounded and disturbed
Subject(s): Holidays; Last Supper, The


LEARNING HOW TO LOOK: RILKE & RODIN, by STEPHEN ORLEN               
First Line: The tiny snails dripping from the underarms
Last Line: And taking notes on learning how to look
Alternate Author Name(s): Orlen, Steve
Subject(s): Facades; Learning


LEAVING THIRTIETH STREET STATION, PHILADELPHIA, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: That an american bald eagle driven by its parents


LEDA, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: When he entered him, the god in his need
Last Line: Then he first wore his plumage like a crown %and came to be truly swan in her womb


LEDA, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: When the god needing something, decided to become
Last Line: And lying in her soft place he became a swan
Subject(s): Men


LEDA, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: When the god in his need stepped across into it
Last Line: And became really a swan in her lap


LEDA, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: When in his need the god surprised the swan
Last Line: The god became a real swan in her lap


LEDA, RILKE, THE SWAN AND ME, by NINA NYHART               
First Line: Here in my angry-corner
Last Line: You don't come back from


LET'S STAY BY THE LAMP AND SAY LITTLE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Before power starts to stir


LETTER TO A YOUNG POET, by ROBERT WRIGLEY    Poem Text         Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: In the biographies of rilke, you get the feeling
Subject(s): Rilke, Rainer Maria (1875-1926); Poetry & Poets; Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


LETTER TO A YOUNG POET, by ROBERT WRIGLEY                Poet's Biography
First Line: In the biographies of rilke, you get the feeling
Last Line: Except if only, just for once, you could be him


LETTER TO RAINER MARIA RILKE, by JACQUELINE OSHEROW               
First Line: They are propping up your native prague


LETTER TO RILKE FROM MARIA VON STRASSE, by ABBY NIEBAUER               
First Line: Wednesday evening


LIKE THE PIGTAILS OF QUICKLY GROWN-UP GIRLS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: She arouses over all the rest


LIMPER, by JAMES LAUGHLIN                Poet's Biography
First Line: Rilke writes of the expectation
Last Line: Limp and will speak to me
Subject(s): Rilke, Rainer Maria (1875-1926)


LOCAL VISIONS: 2. GIVING WAY, by RUDY KIKEL               
First Line: After our busy day, I post you
Last Line: Only, this was not %waht rilke meant by guarding solitudes


LONG AGO YOU MUST SUFFER, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Long ago you must suffer, knowing not what
Last Line: Will ever talk you out of it


LONG YOU MUST SUFFER, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Long you must suffer, not knowing what
Last Line: And then you already almost love what you savor. No one %will talk it out of you again


LOOK, by KIM VAETH               
First Line: Perhaps rilke is everything, even a woman
Last Line: Our dark house, %rooms where truth hardly matters


LOOKING UP FROM MY BOOK, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Looking up from my book, from the close countable lines
Last Line: World in excess and earth sufficient


LORD'S WORDS TO JOHN ON PATMOS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Behold: (for no tree shall distract you)
Last Line: What perishes takes place there first


LOSS TOO IS OURS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Of one of the circles: they describe all around us %the holy form


LOVE SONG, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: How could I keep my soul so that it might
Last Line: Sweet is the song


LOVE SONG, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: How might I keep my soul from touching yours?
Last Line: How sweet the song!
Subject(s): Love


LOVE SONG, SELS., by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Subject(s): Love - Marital


LOVERS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: See how in their veins all becomes spirit
Last Line: So as to endure each other outright


LULLABY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Someday if I lose you
Last Line: Of mint-balm and star-anise


MADNESS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: She must always brood: I am I am
Last Line: To dance in the city streets: dance


MAGIC, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: From indescribable transformation flash
Last Line: Who calls for the invisible female dove


MAGICIAN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: He calls it up. It startles into outline
Last Line: Reads midnight. He's half this spell


MAIDEN MELANCHOLY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A young knight comes into my mind
Last Line: On some dear volume playing.
Subject(s): Knights & Knighthood


MAN READING, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: I've read long now. Since this afternoon
Last Line: The first star is like the last house


MAN WATCHING, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: I can see that the storms are coming
Last Line: By ever greater things


MAN WATCHING, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: I can tell by the way the trees beat
Last Line: By constantly greater beings
Subject(s): Men


MARRIAGE AT CANA, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: How could she not have been proud of him
Last Line: Had become blood with this wine


MARTYRS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: She is a martyr. And when crashing down
Last Line: As if to easter, but with no wreath


MARY AT PEACE WITH THE RISEN LORD, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: What they experienced then: is it not
Last Line: Farthest-reaching communion


MARY'S VISITATION, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: In those first days she moved lightly still
Last Line: In her womb, for joy, to have him near


MASTER, THERE'S SOMETHING NEW, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Serve in all meekness


MASTER, THERE'S SOMETHING NEW, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Serve in all meekness


MAUSOLEUM, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: King's heart. Core of a high
Last Line: Wind, %invisible, %wind's insideness


MAUSOLEUM, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: King's-heart. Kernel of a lofty
Last Line: Invisible %wind-innerness


MAUSOLEUM, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: King's heart. Seed of a tall
Last Line: : wind, %invisible, %inner wind


MEMORY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: And you wait, await the one thing
Last Line: Of a vanished year


MIRROR GHAZAL, by DAVID YOUNG                Poet's Biography
First Line: Rilke thought them gorgeous & self-containded as angels
Last Line: Somewhere behind me, sparks toss & float on the wind


MIRRORS: NO ONE HAS YET DISTILLED WITH, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Narcissus, released into lucency


MOMENT BETWEEN MASKS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: As long as we stayed in closed rooms
Last Line: The mask of greenery it completes


MOONLIT NIGHT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Path in the garden, deep as a long drink
Last Line: Hands of the winds transpose to your near countenance %the r


MOONLIT NIGHT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Path in the garden deep as the draught of a long drink
Last Line: The hands of the wind touch %your near face with the farthest night
Subject(s): Moon


MORE ARGUMENT, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI                Poet's Biography
First Line: Rilke, she said, don't you love rilke?
Last Line: Grieg. Nothing changed. Nothing %ever changed. Nothing


MORE UNCONCEALED THE LAND, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: More unconcealed the land: returning is on every road
Last Line: Make it all the more deeply ours in forsaken space


MORE UNCOVERED THE LAND: ON EVERY WAY IS HOMETURNING, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: So that it belongs intimately to us in the abandoned space


MUSIC, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Take me by the hand
Last Line: But so much music wounded me


MUSIC, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: What do you play, boy? It went through the gardens
Last Line: When I shall call it to the deep delights


MUSIC, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: She who sleeps - to be so very awake
Last Line: You more than us - from every wherefore %freed


MUZOT, JUNE 1924, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Do you still remember, the shooting stars
Last Line: As if it had survived them, and was whole


MY SHY MOONSHADOW, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: My shy moonshadow would like to speak
Last Line: I've given birth to both


NARCISSUS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Encircled by her arms as by a shell
Last Line: Surface, does it hope to renew a center


NARCISSUS [1], by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Narcissus vanished. His beauty gave off
Last Line: And self-annulled and could exist no more


NARCISSUS [II], by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: And so this: this exits me and breaks loose
Last Line: I could think that I am deadly


NEIGHBOR, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Strange violin, are you following me?


NEIGHBOR, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Strange violin, do you follow me?
Last Line: Than the weight of all things


NEO BOY, by PATTI SMITH               
First Line: The son of a neck %rilke %everything is shit
Last Line: My eminent %epidemic %city of stars


NEUE GEDICHTE: ANDERER TEIL: 1. THE PARKS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Irresistibly the parks arise
Last Line: Gracious, stately, purple, ostentatious


NEUE GEDICHTE: ANDERER TEIL: 7. THE PARKS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: But there are shells in which the naiads'
Last Line: Everything were destroyed and blotted out


NEUE GEDICHTE: ANDERER TEIL: DON JUAN'S CHILDHOOD, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: In his slim body was the implicit bow
Last Line: Which marveled at him and left him strangely torn


NEUE GEDICHTE: ANDERER TEIL: FADED, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Lightly, as after her death
Last Line: Girl is yet living there


NEUE GEDICHTE: ANDERER TEIL: LADY ON A BALCONY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Swiftly she comes forth, wrapped in the wind
Last Line: The dark row of the roofs


NEUE GEDICHTE: ANDERER TEIL: LEDA, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: When the god in his need advanced toward
Last Line: And verily became swan in her lap


NEUE GEDICHTE: ANDERER TEIL: ONE OF THE OLD ONES, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Often in the evening (you know what?)
Last Line: In a picked - up piece of paper


NEUE GEDICHTE: ANDERER TEIL: PIANO PRACTICE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Summer buzzes through the drowsy mood
Last Line: The fragrance hurts


NEUE GEDICHTE: ANDERER TEIL: ROMAN CAMPAGNA, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Out of the cluttered city which would rather
Last Line: For his small emptiness theirs which survive him


NEUE GEDICHTE: ANDERER TEIL: THE ALCHEMIST, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Smiling derisively, the chemist thrust
Last Line: Only this gold crumb he already had


NEUE GEDICHTE: ANDERER TEIL: THE BUDDHA IN THE GLORY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Center of centers, of all seeds the germ
Last Line: Something which longer than the suns shall burn


NEUE GEDICHTE: ANDERER TEIL: THE CHILD, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Without intending it, they watch his play
Last Line: Until his time shall come


NEUE GEDICHTE: ANDERER TEIL: THE FLAMINGOS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Like mirrored images by fragonard
Last Line: Themselves and soar imaginary skies


NEUE GEDICHTE: ANDERER TEIL: THE INSANE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: They are silent because the division walls
Last Line: Grows ever larger, never to be lost


NEUE GEDICHTE: ANDERER TEIL: THE LUTE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: I am the lute, and if you wish to write
Last Line: Until at last my being was in her


NEUE GEDICHTE: ANDERER TEIL: THE SCARAB, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Are not the constellations here already?
Last Line: Beneath its cradling weight


NEUE GEDICHTE: ANDERER TEIL: THE SOLITARY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: No! A tower shall arise from my heart
Last Line: Shall force it to a yet more blessed fate


NEUE GEDICHTE: ANDERER TEIL: TORSO OF AN ARCHAIC APOLLO, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Never will we know his fabulous head
Last Line: That does not see you you must change your life


NEUE GEDICHTE: ERSTER TEIL: A WOMAN'S FATE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Even as a king out hunting seized a glass
Last Line: And was not prized and never rare on earth


NEUE GEDICHTE: ERSTER TEIL: BEFORE THE SUMMER RAIN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Suddenly in the park from all the green
Last Line: In which one felt so frightened, as a child


NEUE GEDICHTE: ERSTER TEIL: BLUE HYDRANGEAS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Like the last green in the palette's colors
Last Line: The pathetic blue rejoices in the green


NEUE GEDICHTE: ERSTER TEIL: EARLY APOLLO, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: As, many times between the leafless limbs
Last Line: As if his song were being transfused in him


NEUE GEDICHTE: ERSTER TEIL: OBLATION, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh, how my body blooms from every vein
Last Line: The altar which your breasts have lightly crowned


NEUE GEDICHTE: ERSTER TEIL: ROMAN SARCOPHAGI, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: But what prevents us from believing that
Last Line: Which glitters there and goes and gleams again


NEUE GEDICHTE: ERSTER TEIL: SPANISH DANCER, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: As in the hand a match glows, swiftly white
Last Line: She tramples it to death with small, firm feet


NEUE GEDICHTE: ERSTER TEIL: THE BUDDHA, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: As if he listened. Silence, far and far
Last Line: Who knows what is withdrawn beyond our fate


NEUE GEDICHTE: ERSTER TEIL: THE COURTESAN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The sun of venice will prepare
Last Line: Are ruined on my mouth, as if by poison


NEUE GEDICHTE: ERSTER TEIL: THE GAZELLE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Enchanted one: how shall two chosen words
Last Line: With the lake's shine on her averted face


NEUE GEDICHTE: ERSTER TEIL: THE MERRY-GO-ROUND, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Under the roof and the roof's shadow turns
Last Line: Vanishes in this blind and breathless game


NEUE GEDICHTE: ERSTER TEIL: THE PANTHER, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: His sight from ever gazing through the bars
Last Line: Into the heart and ceases and is still


NEUE GEDICHTE: ERSTER TEIL: THE STEPS OF THE ORANGERY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Like worn - out kings who finally slowly stride
Last Line: Nor even dare to bear the heavy train


NEUE GEDICHTE: ERSTER TEIL: THE SWAN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: This misery that through the still - undone
Last Line: Serenely on in his majestic way


NEVER MIND, ONE DAY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Weeping for joy %quietly overflow


NIGHT WALKS: 3, by JUDITH VOLLMER               
First Line: Melancholy's like reading rilke:
Last Line: If you can't sleep, get up


NIGHT WATCHES OF SISTER GODELIEVE, SELS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: That night an old man died on her
Last Line: Men close by with their eyes open


NIGHT. OH YOU FACE AGAINST MY FACE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: I dare exist in you


NINTH ELEGY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Why, if our time on earth could be
Last Line: Becomes less....Overabundant being %wells up in my heart


NINTH ELEGY', FROM THE DUINESIAN ELEGIES, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Why if it is possible to pass the


NO ONE SPEAKS OF THEM, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: No one speaks of them, and yet
Last Line: To shatter a tomb


NO RILKE, by CECILIA WOLOCH               
First Line: No raving genius %two deaths inside a week a family
Last Line: Remembering %remembering %the door the door the door


NO, I'M NOT GOING TO BE DESTROYED, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: On past darknesses and things


NOW IT IS TIME THAT GODS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Now it is time that gods stepped out
Last Line: On all the cracks in our failures


NOW IT IS TIME THE GODS STEPPED OUT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Through all the cracks of our failures


NOW IT WOULD BE TIME THAT GODS SHOULD STEP OUT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: On all the breaking-places of our failure


NOW NOTHING CAN PREVENT ME, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Escape from them, through the first agony %of a new birth?


NOW THE STAG BECOMES PART OF EARTH, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Now the stag becomes part of earth. Lifts and holds
Last Line: Stops just short of breaking into leaves


NOW WE AWAKEN WITH MEMORIES, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Sits silently nearby with its hair all undone


NOW WE WAKE UP WITH OUR MEMORY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Sits silently beside us with loosened hair


O BRIGHT GLEAM OF A SHY MIRROR IMAGE!, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Your gaze reels, and darkens in accord


O FOUNTAIN MOUTH, YOU MOUTH THAT CAN RESPOND, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: She'll only think you've interrupted her


O MY FRIENDS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: O my friends, all of you, I renounce
Last Line: As you lift your gaze towards my distracted heart
Subject(s): Friendship


O TELL US POET, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography


O TELL US POET WHAT DO YOU DO? - I PRAISE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography


O THE CURVES OF MY LONGING THROUGH THE COSMOS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Apparatus for a short time trembling


OCTAVE ABOVE ELEGY 2, by JEREMY REED               
First Line: Your face assimilated into space
Last Line: Rilke or pasternak, the intimations %suggesting decreased tension, loss %of polishing the yellow app


ODETTE R...., by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Tears, the most intensely felt, rise
Last Line: In our riches, the mysterious loam more prized


OF THE DEATH OF MARY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The same great angel from whose lips she heard
Last Line: Man, kneel down and look at me and sing


OF THE MARRIAGE AT CANA, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Could she fail to take pride in this son
Last Line: Turned, as this wine reddened, into blood


OH HAVEN'T YOU KNOWN NIGHTS OF LOVE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Which remember, like a face?


OH IN MY CHILDHOOD, GOD HOW EASY YOU WERE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: As the way you use us, when you want to set us free


OH, DELIGHT LEAPING UP EVER-NEW WHEN WE LOOSEN THE SOIL, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: And how much it always pays him to lend us


OH, DELIGHT LEAPING UP EVER-NEW WHEN WE LOOSEN THE SOIL, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: And how much it always pays him to lend us


OH, NOT TO BE EXCLUDED, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Deep with the winds of return


OH, TELL US, POET, WHAT YOU DO?, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: That I praise
Variant Title(s): Oh, Tell Us, Poet, What You D


ON READING RILKE, by JILL MCGRATH               
First Line: The joy of silence
Last Line: And gone


ON SEEING SYLVIA PLATH WRITTEN ON A WALL, by SHARAN STRANGE               
First Line: Thinking in rilke and stumbling along
Last Line: Of libation, I cannot but chant poet's names


ON THE DEATH OF MARY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The same great angel who had once
Subject(s): Mary. Mother Of Jesus; Women - Bible


ON THE EDGE OF NIGHT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: My room and this vastness
Last Line: Abysses endlessly %falls


ON THE MARRIAGE AT CANA, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: How could she not take pride in him since he
Last Line: Had turned to blood with this wine


ON THE MOUNTAINS OF THE HEART CAST OUT TO DIE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: On the mountains of the heart cast out to die. Look, how small there
Last Line: Unsheltered, here on the mountains of the heart


ON THE SUNNY ROAD, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: On the sunny road, within the hollow
Last Line: Or upon your breats' responsive pressure


ONCE I TOOK YOUR FACE INTO MY HANDS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Once I took your face into %my hands. Moonlight fell on it
Last Line: And to silence, that spendthrift


ONE MUST DIE BECAUSE ONE HAS KNOW THEM, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Terrors play in him as in trembling cages


ONE OF THE OLD WOMEN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sometimes in the evening (you know how that is
Last Line: In some piece of paper they've saved


ONLY BY HIM WITH WHOSE LAYS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Lasting and pure


ONLY BY HIM WITH WHOSE LAYS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Voices are rendered %lasting and pure


ORANGES, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Wait. That taste, it's already bursting
Last Line: With the juice that fills you with such joy!
Subject(s): Oranges


ORPHEUS, EURYDICE, HERMES, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: This was the eerie mine of souls
Last Line: Faltering, gentle, and without impatience


ORPHEUS. EURYDICE. HERMES, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: That was the so unfathomed mine of souls
Last Line: Uncertain, gentle, and without impatience


ORPHEUS. EURYDICE. HERMES, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: That was the deep uncanny mine of souls
Last Line: Her steps constricted by the trailing graveclothes, %uncertain, gentle, and without impatience
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision


ORPHEUS. EURYDICE. HERMES, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Here was the wondrous mine of souls
Last Line: Uncertain, slowly, without impatience


OUR LIFE-LONG NEIGHBOURS, FLOWER, VINE-LEAF, FRUIT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: This middle-thing, made of dumb strength and kisses


OVERFLOWING HEAVENS OF SQUANDERED STARS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Countenance dissolved in night makes room for yours


PALM, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Palm, soft unmade bed
Last Line: Of those brazen stars


PALM OF THE HAND, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Hand's secret self. Sole, that has ceased to walk
Last Line: Wanders and arrives in them, %fills them with arrival


PANTHER, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: His gaze those bars keep passing is so misted
Last Line: And ends its being in the heart


PANTHER, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: From seeing and seeing the seeing has become so exhausted
Last Line: Slips through the tightened silence of the shoulders, %reaches the heart and dies


PANTHER, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: From pacing past the barriers of his cage
Last Line: And ceases where his being centers


PANTHER, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The bars go by, and watching them his sight
Last Line: Slips through the tightened limbs, and in the heart %ceases to be, like something that has died


PANTHER, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: His vision, from the constantly passing bars
Last Line: Plunge into the heart and is gone
Subject(s): Imagination; Panthers; Paris, France; Vision


PANTHER, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: From bending always over bars, hsi glance
Last Line: And ceases in the heart to be


PANTHER, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: His gaze has grown so tired from the bars
Last Line: And in the heart ceases to be


PANTHER, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: From bars forever going past, his gaze
Last Line: An image enters, passes through the shoulders' tight-drawn %stillness to the heart, and dies


PARKS: II, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Gently gripped by the
Last Line: That listen, you don't stir
Subject(s): Gardens And Gardening


PARKS: VII, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: But there are bowls in which the naiads'
Last Line: Instantly annihilated and erased
Subject(s): Gardens And Gardening


PARTING, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: How I have felt that thing that's called 'to part'
Last Line: Some perching cuckoo's hastily vacated


PEARLS ROLL AWAY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Pearls roll away. Ah, one of the strings broke
Last Line: And I shall cease to be up to you. I grow old, or else chile


PEOPLE AT NIGHT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The nights were not made for crowds, and they sever
Last Line: And mean--they know not whom.


PEOPLE AT NIGHT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Nights are not made for crowds


PEOPLE AT NIGHT (DERIVED FROM RILKE), by DENISE LEVERTOV    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A night that cuts between you and you
Subject(s): Rilke, Rainer Maria (1875-1926)


PEOPLE AT NIGHT (DERIVED FROM RILKE), by DENISE LEVERTOV                Poet's Biography
First Line: A night that cuts between you and you
Last Line: No one
Subject(s): Rilke, Rainer Maria (1875-1926)


PERFECT AND THE PERFECTED, by EDWARD LOCKE               
First Line: The panther, trapped silkenly in rilke's poem, %masterlinked
Last Line: Even no truly imagined panther dares to prowl


PERSEUS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Son of the raining gold, secretly begotten
Last Line: Before the rising tide


PIANO PRACTICE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The summer afternoon brings on a mood
Last Line: As suddenly she finds their fragrance hurts


PIETA, by RAINER MARIA RILKE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: So once more, jesus, I behold your feet
Last Line: Strangely together to our doom we go.


PIETA, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Full is my woe now, speechlessly it all
Last Line: Give birth to you


PIETA, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Now is my misery full and namelessly
Subject(s): Holidays


PIETA, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: And so I see your feet again, jesus
Last Line: How we both wondrously perish


PIETA, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Now my anguish is complete. It is unspeakable
Last Line: Now I can no longer give you %birth


PIGEONS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The same old flights, the same old homecomings
Last Line: Miraculously multiiplied by its mania to return


PLAY THE DEATHS SWIFTLY THROUGH, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Play the deaths swiftly through, the single ones, and you will see
Last Line: How it rounds in upon itself, the infinite stream of stars


PLAY THE DEATHS, THE SINGLE ONES, QUICKLY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: As it closes on itself the unending stream of stars


POEM ENDING WITH A STANZA BY RILKE, by THOMAS SWISS               
First Line: Difficult, isn't it?, to love these high-topped
Last Line: No one can touch and not kneel to and marvel


POEM IN THE MANNER OF RAINER MARIA RILKE, by DAVID LEHMAN                Poet's Biography
First Line: Far are the moons of jupiter-yes how much farther
Last Line: Hear a voice when there is no voice but silence?


POEMS PRAISE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Life and death: they are one, at the core entwined
Last Line: And throws himself into the purest flame


POET PRAISES, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Wait - this tastes good - already it's in pursuit
Last Line: With the juice which fills the fortunate thing


POET SPEAKS OF PRAISING, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh speak, poet, what do you do
Last Line: Know you like star and storm? %since I praise


POET'S DEATH, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: He lay. His high-propped face could only peer
Last Line: Than broken fruit corrupting in the air


POET'S DEATH, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: He lay. His high-propped face could only peer
Last Line: Than broken fruit corrupting in the air
Subject(s): Mourning


PONT DU CARROUSEL, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The blind man who stands on the bridge
Last Line: Amid a surface-dwelling race


PORTRAIT OF MY FATHER AS A YOUNG MAN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Dream in the eyes. The brow as in relation
Last Line: In my more gradually fading hand


PORTRAIT OF MY FATHER AS A YOUNG MAN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: In the eyes: dream. The brow as if it could feel
Last Line: In my more slowly disappearing hand
Subject(s): Fathers


PORTRAIT OF RILKE, by RICHARD GHORMLEY EBERHART                Poet's Biography
First Line: I saw a picture of rilke


PRAISE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: O poet, what do you do? I praise


PRAISING THAT'S IT! AS A PRAISER AND BLESSER, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Dishes of fruit for the dead to praise


PRAISING, THAT'S IT! AS A PRAISER AND BLESSER, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Dishes of fruit for the dead to praise


PRAYER, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Night, still night, into which are woven
Last Line: Do not branch differently in darkness


PRELUDE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Whoever you are: at evening step forward
Last Line: And as your will takes in the sense of it, %tenderly your eyes let it go


PRESAGING, by RAINER MARIA RILKE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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


PRESENTATION OF MARY IN THE TEMPLE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: To grasp how she was then, try if you can
Last Line: Pressing more hardly than the building's weight


PRESENTATION OF MARY IN THE TEMPLE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: In order to grasp what she was like at the time
Last Line: Higher than the hall, heavier than the house


PRESENTIMENT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Like a citadel flag on far off heights


PRESENTIMENT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: I am like a flag surrounded by distances
Last Line: In the great storm


PRESENTIMENT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Like a citadel flag on far off heights
Last Line: -absolutely alone %in the great storm
Subject(s): Great Lakes; Sailors And Sailing


PROGRESS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: And again my inmost life rushes louder
Last Line: My feeling sinks, as if it stood on fishes


PROPHET, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Dilated by immense visions


PROTEUS, by ELEANOR MAY SARTON               
First Line: They were intense people, given to migraine
Last Line: Their names are mozart, rilke -- proteus


PUT OUT MY EYES: AND I SHALL SEE YOU, TOO, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography


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


QUESTIONS ABOUT RAINER MARIA RILKE, by RITA SIGNORELLI-PAPPAS               
First Line: Why was his middle name maria
Last Line: Abandoned garden house some sunday afternoon


QUIETING OF MARY AT THE RESURRECTION, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: What they felt at that moment isn't it
Last Line: They began this season %of their ultimate intimacy


QUIETING OF MARY WITH THE RESURRECTED ONE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: What they felt then: is it not
Last Line: Their season %of ultimate communing


QUINCES YELLOW FROM THEIR GRAY FLUFF, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography


R.M.R., by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Rose, oh the pure contradiction
Last Line: Under so many lids
Subject(s): Mourning


RAINER MARIA RILKE RETURNS FROM THE DEAD TO ADDRESS THE..., by JOHN ROBERT ENGMAN               
First Line: Boys, these aches and pains will make us men
Last Line: Who don't know what to make of what, who tremble and obey


RAINER MARIA RILKE: BLACK CAT, by PAUL MULDOON                Poet's Biography
First Line: Despite its being invisible, a ghost has enough mass
Last Line: Set in a lump of amber


RAINER MARIA RILKE: THE UNICORN, by PAUL MULDOON                Poet's Biography
First Line: This, then, is the beast that has never actually been
Last Line: Would it be bodied out in her, in her mirror's full length


RAISE NO COMMEMORATING STONE. THE ROSES, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: In all his over-steppings he obeys


RAISE NO COMMEMORATING STONE. THE ROSES, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: In all his over-steppings he obeys


RAISING OF LAZARUS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: One had to bear with the majority
Last Line: Life compelled to give it harbouring


RAISING OF LAZARUS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Yes, it was necessary for this common sort
Last Line: The inexact vague life again accept it


RAISING OF LAZARUS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Evidently, this was needed. Because people need
Last Line: Life made room for him once more


READER, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: I had read a long time. All afternoon


READING CORPSE-WASHING, by ALLEN HOEY               
First Line: They grew accustomed to him, rilke wrote
Last Line: Prematurely the laws they revealed


RECITING RILKE WITH A FEVER, by MICHAEL MCIRVIN               
First Line: It rattles into life %through my breath
Last Line: The dreaming, sun-hungering skin %of the young


REGARDING MY ANSWER I STILL DON'T KNOW, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Already talking to the earth


REMEMBRANCE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: You wait, with memories drifting
Last Line: With its grandeur and fear and prayer.


REMEMBRANCE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: You wait, expecting one alone
Last Line: Of pain and prayer and revelation


REQUIEM, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: An hour since, now, there is more on earth
Last Line: Spirals in the wreath


REQUIEM AFTER RILKE, by BECKY GOULD GIBSON               
First Line: Where are you now and have your hands
Last Line: Tearing from the branch, %hands coming to rest


REQUIEM FOR A FRIEND, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: I have my dead and I have let them go
Last Line: As what is farthest sometimes helps me: within me


REQUIEM ON THE DEATH OF A BOY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: What was the point of learning names
Last Line: The ones who're drinking us, I have yet to %see


REREADING RILKE, by KENNETH LINCOLN               
First Line: This orpheus - so glorified - so


REST ON THE FLIGHT INTO EGYPT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: These, who late so breathlessly had flown
Last Line: And they sat, as in a dream, beneath


REST ON THE FLIGHT INTO EGYPT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Having just now flown, out of
Last Line: Blossoming. And they sat as in a dream


RILKE, by WAYNE BROWN               
First Line: For seven years, eyesockets like caves
Last Line: Crying in the teeth of the wind


RILKE, by THOMAS WILLARD CLARK               
First Line: Rainer %maria
Alternate Author Name(s): Clark, Tom


RILKE, by B. Z. NIDITCH               
First Line: I know enough %I have enough
Last Line: It's time to walk arm in arm %and forget the cure


RILKE, by MICHAEL O'SIADHAIL               
First Line: To have made music among the dark and gone
Last Line: To say, to extol, to hymn, to sing, to praise


RILKE, by JEREMY REED               
First Line: Brought to completion on the edge of space
Last Line: And he %is read by a student somewhere %at a cafe table, imagining %not someone, but the arc of goin


RILKE AND LOU, by THOMAS LUX                Poet's Biography
First Line: Of course, lou noticed the angels
Last Line: That they were coming


RILKE AND THE STOUT ANGEL, by ROBERT HILL LONG               
First Line: I was then just an ordinary boy


RILKE AS DOOR, by HOLLY PRADO               
First Line: His chest thrilled, stretched against %god's breath. Poetry
Last Line: To tell, he comes as great, incessant breakage


RILKE AT THE HOTEL BIRON, by MARGARET HOLLEY               
First Line: How little the photograph shows- his quilted jacket
Last Line: Impossible stillness and breathe its invisible breath


RILKE AT THE PIANO, by GERARD SMYTH               
Last Line: On the far side of %moon river, monk's dream


RILKE AT WORPSWEDE, by THOMAS SWISS               
First Line: Past midnight the first morning air


RILKE IN PARIS, by DON BOGEN               
First Line: Elegance of streets and squares
Last Line: The flutter of a leaf caught %precisely in the picture


RILKE MESSAGE, by HUGH BERNARD FOX               
First Line: My mother comes to my daughter's
Last Line: Seeing it %whole


RILKE ON THE CONVEYOR BELT AT LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL, by JAMES RAGAN               
First Line: A rick of pages, it falls hardly noticed
Last Line: With no intent or vision but destination


RILKE SAYS THE NEW YEAR BRINGS THINGS THAT HAVE, by JAMES HARRISON                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Even a dog is never lost in the same place
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Holidays; Nature; New Year; Rilke, Rainer Maria (1875-1926)


RILKE SKY, by ALAN BRITT               
First Line: There are three layers of dusk
Last Line: The angels are violins %for one hour
Subject(s): Explorers; Imagination


RILKE SPEAKS OF ANGELS, by SUSAN DONNELLY               
First Line: Every angel is terrible'
Subject(s): Art And Artists


RILKE SURMISED, by JOHN FREDERICK NIMS                Poet's Biography
First Line: God knows I never loved any, no, not her
Last Line: I sailed by this one in stark weather of youth


RILKE VARIATION, by EUGENE PENNISI               
First Line: Flourished circa steel and torsos


RILKE'S ANGELS, by JAN LEE ANDE               
First Line: At times it must be sad to be one of them
Last Line: A terribly astonished breath
Subject(s): Angels; Heaven; Prayer; Wings


RILKE'S ANGELS, by PAUL WEST               
First Line: Barber of split hairs re-fusing at death
Last Line: I am the western pall-bearer who guzzles rilke's angels


RILKE'S APOLLO'S TORSO, by JOSHUA CLOVER               
First Line: We cannot know his real sun versus
Last Line: The ecstasy part is easy. You just change your life


RILKE'S ARGUMENT WITH DON GIOVANNI, by ALAN WILLIAMSON               
First Line: I never thought
Last Line: Flung in the face of the echoing man of stone


RILKE'S BLUE LAMP, by SANDRA STONE               
First Line: Voyeur to their lighted rooms
Last Line: Even now as I write
Subject(s): Rilke, Rainer Maria (1875-1926)


RILKE'S CHILDHOOD, by HOWARD MOSS                Poet's Biography
First Line: What angel woke


RILKE'S CITY, by BRETT AXEL               
First Line: The faces in my ravaged city
Last Line: Looks lovable, real, %human, and grateful to be alive


RILKE'S EPITAPH, by THOMAS JAMES MERTON               
First Line: Pierced by an innocent


RILKE'S FEAR OF DOGS, by JEFFREY HARRISON               
First Line: Had less to do
Last Line: Try as they might %to avoid his gaze


RILKE'S FEET; 1, by CHRISTOPHER MIDDLETON               
First Line: Heart bowels hand head and o the breast
Last Line: At length delivered a message %classified sensitive


RILKE'S FEET; 10, by CHRISTOPHER MIDDLETON               
First Line: Rilke's feet
Last Line: Once %too often


RILKE'S FEET; 11, by CHRISTOPHER MIDDLETON               
First Line: Xenophon xenophon it were fit to include
Last Line: To the horse hooves else %in the snow to their bellies they sank


RILKE'S FEET; 12, by CHRISTOPHER MIDDLETON               
First Line: Can I speak to you now rilke
Last Line: That ease %the gasps of joy from children's throats


RILKE'S FEET; 2, by CHRISTOPHER MIDDLETON               
First Line: Perched in my tree as the light
Last Line: Boiled the green to stone grey-- %1897: I had taken my shoes off...


RILKE'S FEET; 3, by CHRISTOPHER MIDDLETON               
First Line: Sweetheart, lou
Last Line: Standing %to be invented


RILKE'S FEET; 4, by CHRISTOPHER MIDDLETON               
First Line: This hot pursuant of
Last Line: A projectile %in a catapult


RILKE'S FEET; 5, by CHRISTOPHER MIDDLETON               
First Line: Or rilke had no feet at all
Last Line: Where can he have put that cake?


RILKE'S FEET; 6, by CHRISTOPHER MIDDLETON               
First Line: More famous feet
Last Line: Till troy falls to hexameters %and rilke's feet begin


RILKE'S FEET; 7, by CHRISTOPHER MIDDLETON               
First Line: A wicked one
Last Line: Tightrope lines to every single organ


RILKE'S FEET; 8, by CHRISTOPHER MIDDLETON               
First Line: Voice where are you now
Last Line: In the grip of its twig deletions


RILKE'S FEET; 9, by CHRISTOPHER MIDDLETON               
First Line: Hands whose touch is thinking
Last Line: Faintly at the tip %with repression's rose


RILKE'S FLAG, by DONALD RYBURN               
First Line: Your tenderness disturbs me
Last Line: Waiting in silence for your %winds of summer


RILKE'S LETTER FROM ROME, by STAR BLACK               
First Line: Certainly you've missed this on your reading list,
Last Line: Read it. It's good letter. Not as good as you, though.


RILKE'S THIRD ELEGY, by MARILYN NELSON                Poet's Biography
First Line: It's one thing to sing lovesongs. Another
Last Line: Hold him back
Alternate Author Name(s): Waniek, Marilyn Nelson


RILKE'S WHITE HORSE, by EDWIN HONIG               
First Line: I remember a day in spring, at evening, in russia
Last Line: His heart waiting to be heard and understood. %now may this fable be his song forever


RILKE, YOU GAVE GOD BACK TO ME, by HELGA SANDBURG               
Last Line: Forever, god, needing my pity more than I need yours


RILKE: EVENING, by OLIVER REYNOLDS               
First Line: Like old retainers, trees
Last Line: And the stone in you with the star


ROAD THAT TURNS AND PLAYS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Promised for next year


RODIN TO RILKE, by EMILY GROSHOLZ               
First Line: That sensualist rodin, who used his mouth
Last Line: Black, damp clay is my master now, he said; %you see how it stiffens, fires to a beautiful red


ROMAN FOUNTAIN BORGHESE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Two basins, one rising from the other
Last Line: Gently smile from underneath with nuances
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Fountains; Rome, Italy


ROMAN SARCOPHAGI, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Why should we too, though, not anticipate
Last Line: That mirrors now and moves and sparkles %through them
Subject(s): Mourning


ROMAN SARCOPHAGUS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The terrible etruscan mater familias
Last Line: From the imperial aqueducts


ROSA FOETIDA, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: I'm an imperfect thing
Last Line: Like the air you breathe
Subject(s): Erotic Love


ROSA ODORATA, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: I can't turn a smell
Last Line: Of magnolia; eugenol, %a touch of cloves
Subject(s): Erotic Love


ROSA PIMPINELLIFOLIA, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: O I'm leaning
Last Line: You can sleep %inside my face
Subject(s): Erotic Love


ROSE WINDOW, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: In there: the indolent tread of their paws
Last Line: Heart %and tore it into god


ROSE, O PURE CONTRADITION, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Rose, o pure contradiction, delight
Last Line: In being no one's sleep under so many lids


ROSE, OH PURE CONTRADICTION, JOY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Of being no-one's sleep under so many lids
Subject(s): Flowers; Religion; Roses


RULES AS RILKEAN RIFFS ON YUSEF KOMUNYAKAA'S KIT & CABOODLE, by MICHAEL L. JOHNSON               
First Line: Start in medias res
Last Line: To your calling-or call %a psychotherapist


SADNESS, by ALIKI BARNSTONE               
First Line: Rilke says sadness is the moment the future enters
Last Line: We know each other through that unknown surprise
Subject(s): Grief


SAINT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The nation was parched; and so the one
Last Line: And her blood went rushing deep beneath her


SAINT SEBASTIAN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: He stands like a man reclining-completely
Last Line: The destroyers of beautiful things


SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE, by TOM ANDREWS                Poet's Biography
First Line: Rilke: listen. I've written a poem for you
Last Line: Rilke: oh. Actually, brown rolls sound pretty good about now


SECOND ELEGY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Every angel is terrifying. And yet, alas
Last Line: In godlike bodies where more grandly it tempers itself


SEE THE CAREFREE INSECT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: See the carefree insect, how it plays, its whole world
Last Line: Whereas the mammal even as it suckles stares %all eye


SELF-PORTRAIT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The bone-build of the eyebrows has a mule's
Last Line: Something in earnest labors to unroll


SEQUENCE OF 9 (1.), by BILL HERRON               
First Line: 1. Rilke warned me that time would come
Last Line: And the heart, %gnawed at by the rats of no vision


SEVEN PHALLIC POEMS: 1, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The rose-gatherer grasps suddenly
Last Line: The gentle garden within her shrinks


SEVEN PHALLIC POEMS: 2, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Summer, which you so suddenly are, you're
Last Line: As the angel intends it outright


SEVEN PHALLIC POEMS: 3, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: We close a circle by means of our gazes
Last Line: Withdrawn from the delightfully ravaged column


SEVEN PHALLIC POEMS: 4, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: You don't know towers, with your diffidence
Last Line: More feeling than I am quite


SEVEN PHALLIC POEMS: 5, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: How the too ample space has weakened you and me
Last Line: Sustains the vault, and more slowly subsides


SEVEN PHALLIC POEMS: 6, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: To what are we near? To death, or that display
Last Line: You, my stiff corpse again grows soft asleep


SEVEN PHALLIC POEMS: 7, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: How I called you. This is the mute call
Last Line: For you'll be hurled down when it waves on high


SEVEN-LEAGUE CRUTCHES, SELS., by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography


SEVENTH ELEGY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Wooing no more, not wooing, outgrown voice
Last Line: As if to fend off and warn, %ungraspable one, wide open


SHAKO, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Night, and its muffled creakings, as the wheels
Last Line: Leans the black shako with its white death's-head


SHARP CASTLE-BREAK, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sharp castle-break, ancient underjaw
Last Line: I waited: but not one stone shattered


SHIELD WITNESSES, by CLARK COOLIDGE               
First Line: Rilke, give me your paw
Last Line: What veers but nears. %you will not bear. I will not wait


SICK CHILD, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: With a slight turn of the head on the pillow
Last Line: The beloved voices sounded like company


SILENCE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Listen, love, I lift my hands
Last Line: Only her of whom I think: you %I cannot see


SILENT FRIEND OF MANY DISTANCES, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Silent friend of many distances, feel
Last Line: To the onrushing water say: I am


SILENT FRIEND OF THOSE FAR FROM US, FEELING, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Tell the running water: I exist


SILENT HOUR, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Whoever weeps somewhere out in the world


SINCE I WROTE YOU, SAP SPRANG FREE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: In the feminine chalice?


SING THOSE GARDENS, MY HEART, POURED AS INTO A GLASS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Feel that the whole, the praisable, carpet's intended


SINGER SINGS BEFORE A CHILD OF PRINCES, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: You pale child, each evening the singer
Last Line: Stand all around your moving form


SIX SEEDS: 3, by JOSEPH DUEMER               
First Line: Rilke says the poet %the human being must
Last Line: In the alley & draining %the blood into a basin


SIXTH ELEGY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Fig tree, for how long have I found meaning
Last Line: Already turned away, he stood at the end of the smiles, %-different


SMALL CLEMATIS TUMBLES, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: It picks autumn as accomplice


SOLEMN HOUR, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Whoever weeps now anywhere out in the world
Last Line: Dies without cause in the world %looks at me


SOLEMN HOUR, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Wha noo greets onywhaur I the warld
Last Line: Withoot cause dees I the warld %luiks at me
Subject(s): Scottish Translations


SOLITARY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Like one who's voyaged over foreign oceans
Last Line: Here they hold their breath out of shame


SOLITUDE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Solitude is like a rain
Last Line: Then solitude flows with the rivers


SOMETIMES A MAN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sometimes a man stands up during supper
Last Line: Toward that same church, which he forgot


SOMETIMES A MAN STANDS UP DURING SUPPER, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Toward that same church, which he forgot
Subject(s): Fathers; Men; Prayer


SOMEWHERE BLOOMS THE BLOSSOM OF PARTING AND BESTREWS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Even in the most-coming wind we breathe parting


SOMEWHERE THE FLOWER OF FAREWELL BLOOMS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Somewhere the floewr of farewell blooms and scatters
Last Line: Even in the winds that reach us first we breathe farewell


SON, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: My father was a banished king
Last Line: Ever-present holy groves


SONG OF THE DRUNKARD, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: I don't know what it was I wanted to hold onto
Last Line: In the pile on the fucking table. So what the fuck


SONG OF THE DWARF, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: I think my soul is straight and good
Last Line: And dogs will have none of it
Subject(s): Dwarfs


SONG OF THE STATUE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Who is there who so loves me, that he
Last Line: He who loved me most


SONNET: 42. DIESES IST DAS TIER DAS EN NICHT GIBT (RILKE), by PAUL GOODMAN               
First Line: Lose yourself of thoughts and fears


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: A tree ascended, o pure transcendence
Last Line: Let him praise ring, vase, and silver heir-loom
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: O not till the time when flight
Subject(s): Aviation And Aviators; Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: This is the animal that does not exist
Last Line: And existed in the silver mirror, and in her


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: A tree sprang into life. O clear transcendence!
Last Line: To the onrushing water say: I am


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 1, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: There arose a tree. Oh pure transcension!
Last Line: You made for the beasts temples in the hearing
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 1.14, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: We grow and care for flower, grape leaf, fruit
Last Line: Ambiguous harvests, half mute strength, half kisses?


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 1.15, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Wait...Oh, what flavor...Already escaping
Last Line: With the juices filling this joyful fruit


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 1.5, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Erect no marker for him. Let the rose
Last Line: And this transgression is obedience


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 10, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Antique sarcophagi, who have never
Last Line: On the countenance of man
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 11, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Look at the sky. Is there no constellation
Last Line: The figure as a symbol. That's enough
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 12, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Hail to the spirit that can unite us
Last Line: Where seeds turn into summer. Earth bestows
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 13, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Full-plumped apple, gooseberry and pear
Last Line: Oh, experience, feeling, joy - how vast!
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 14, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: We have to do with flower, grape leaf, fruit
Last Line: This mongrel begotten of dumb strength and kisses?
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 15, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Wait...That tastes good...It flies away fast
Last Line: With the juice that brims this happy thing!
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 16, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: You, my friend, are so alone
Last Line: Here. This is esau in his skin
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 17, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The first, confused, the ancient
Last Line: Shape as a lyre
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 18, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Master, you hear the new
Last Line: And serve as a tool
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 19, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Though the world change as fast
Last Line: Hallows and praises
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 2, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: She was almost a girl and forth she leaped
Last Line: Does she sink from me - where?...A girl almost
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 2. 29, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Quiet friend of many distances, feel
Last Line: To the swift water speak: I am


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 2.11, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Many a calmly composed usage of death has evolved
Last Line: Whatever might happen to us


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 2.20, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Reaching from star to star, what spaces! Yet, much farther, still
Last Line: The fishes' language, without them is spoken?


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 2.26, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: How it stirs us, the cry of the bird
Last Line: The current that carries your head and your lyre


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 2.4, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: This is the nonexistent beast. They did
Last Line: It was, within the mirror, within her


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 20, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: What shall I dedicate, master, say
Last Line: His image I dedicate
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 21, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Spring has come back again. The earth
Last Line: Unruly stems she sings in a song
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 22, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: We are the drivers
Last Line: The book and the flower
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 23, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh, first when the flight
Last Line: What he is flying alone
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 24, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Should we disown our oldest friendships, part
Last Line: Heavier. But we grow weak, like swimmers
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 25, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Once more I will remember you whom I knew
Last Line: It entered the desolate open gate
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 26, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: But you divine one, unto the last still singing
Last Line: Among us, are we hearers and a mouth for nature
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 3, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: A god can do it. But how shall a man, say
Last Line: A breath round nothing. A gust in the god. A wind
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 4, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: O you tender ones, sometimes walk
Last Line: But the spaces ... But the windy air
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 5, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Erect no monument. But let the roses
Last Line: He is obedient, even when he transgresses
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 6, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Does he belong here? No, from both
Last Line: Let him praise bracelet, pitcher, and ring
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 7, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Praising, that's it! One ordained to praise
Last Line: Glorious fruit in golden bowls
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 8, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Only in the land of praise can lamentation
Last Line: Against a sky her breathing does not trouble
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 8, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Where praise already is is the only place grief
Last Line: Into the sky, not troubled by her breath
Subject(s): Men; Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: 9, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Only whoso has raised
Last Line: Eternal and pure
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 1, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: A tree ascended there. Oh pure transcendence
Last Line: You built a temple deep inside their hearing
Subject(s): Imagination; Mythology - Classical; Orpheus; Vision


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 1, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: A tree ascending there, o pure transcension
Last Line: You built them temples in their sense of sound
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 10, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: You who are close to my heart always
Last Line: In the deep calm of the human face
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 11, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Look at the sky. Are no two stars called 'rider'
Last Line: For a moment. It is all we need
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 12, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Hail to the god who joins us; for through him
Last Line: Transmited into summer. The earth bestows
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 13, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Plump apple, smooth banana, melon, peach
Last Line: Oh knowledge,pleasure -- inexhaustible
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 14, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: We are involved with flower, leaf, and fruit
Last Line: This hybrid thing of speechless strength and kisses
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 15, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: O fountain-mouth, o giving, o mouth that speaks
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 15, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Wait..., that tastes good...But already it's gone
Last Line: And the juice that fills it with succulent joy
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 16, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: You are lonely, my friend, because you are
Last Line: Here. This is esau beneath his pelt
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 17, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: At bottom the ancient one, gnarled root hidden deep
Last Line: Top one bends finally %into a lyre
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 18, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Master, do you hear the new
Last Line: Let it, desireless, %serve and remain
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 2, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: And it was almost a girl and came to be
Last Line: Where is she vanishing?...A girl almost
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 20, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: But master, what gift shall I dedicate to you
Last Line: His image: my gift
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 21, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Spring has returned. The earth resembles
Last Line: Difficult root, she sings, she sings
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus; Spring


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 22, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: We are the driving ones
Last Line: Darkness and morning light, %flower and book
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus; Religion


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 23, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Not till the day when flight
Last Line: Be what alone he flew
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 24, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Shall we reject our primordial friendship, the sublime
Last Line: Strength we have, like swimmers
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 25, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: But you now, dear girl, whom I loved
Last Line: It entered the inconsolably open door
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 26, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: How the cry of a bird can stir us
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 26, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: But you, divine poet, you who sang on till the end
Last Line: Have we become hearers now and a rescuing voice
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 29, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Silent friend of many distances
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 3, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: A god can do it. But will you tell me how
Last Line: Nothing. A gust inside the god. A wind
Subject(s): Imagination; Mythology - Classical; Orpheus; Vision


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 3, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: A god has power. But can a mere man follow
Last Line: A calm. A shudder in the god. A gale
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 36, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Though the world keeps changing its form
Last Line: Only the song through the land %hallows and heals
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 4, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: O you tender ones, walk now and then
Last Line: Carry them now. But the winds - but the spaces
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 5, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Erect no gravestone for him. Only this
Last Line: And it is in overstepping that he obeys
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 6, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Does he belong here? No, out of both
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 6, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Is he someone who dwells in this single world? No
Last Line: Let him praise finger-ring, bracelet, and jug
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 7, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Praising is what matters! He was summoned for that
Last Line: A bowl with ripe fruit worthy of praise
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 8, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Only in the realm of praising should lament
Last Line: Glittering, into the pure nocturnal sky
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 9, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Only one who has has lifted the lyre
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: FIRST PART, 9, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Only he whose bright lyre
Last Line: All voices become eternally mild
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 1, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Breath, you invisible poem! Pure
Last Line: Roundness and leaf of my words
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 1, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Breathing: you invisible poem! Complete
Last Line: Roundness, and leaf of my words
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 10, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: All we have gained the machine threatens, as long
Last Line: Builds in unusable space her deified temple
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 10, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: All we have won is threatened by the machine
Last Line: Building her deified house in the useless space %of the sky
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 103, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Does it really exist, time, the destroyer
Last Line: Powers as a use of the gods
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 11, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Many calmly established rules of death have arisen
Last Line: When the mind stays serene, whatever %happens to us is good
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 11, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Many a quietly ordered rule of death now prevails
Last Line: What happens to us is pure
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 12, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Will transformation. Oh be inspired for the flame
Last Line: Wants you to change into wind
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 12, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Will the transformation. Oh, be inspired by the burning
Last Line: Feeling herself laurel, wills that you change to a wind
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 13, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Keep ahead of all parting, as if it were behind
Last Line: Add yourself joyously, and annul the amount
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 14, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Look at the flowers, so faithful to what is earthly
Last Line: All those silent companions in the wind of the meadows
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 14, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Look at the flowers, faithful to earth's ways
Last Line: All the still brothers and sisters where meadowwinds blow
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 15, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: O fountain-mouth, you generous, always-filled
Last Line: Interrupting what she wants to say
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 15, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: O fountain-mouth, you giver, o you round
Last Line: Under the flow, she thinks you interrupt
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 16, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Always torn open by us again
Last Line: The lamb begs for his bell
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 17, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Where, inside what forever blissfully
Last Line: To disturb the enormous calm of those patient summers
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 17, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Where, in what ever-happily watered garden
Last Line: To disturb the serenity of these imperturbable summers?
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 18, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Dancing girl: transformation
Last Line: Quickly inscribed on the surface of its own turning
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 18, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Dancer: o you translation
Last Line: Swiftly in the texture of their own turning?
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 19, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Somewhere gold lives, luxurious, inside the pampering bank
Last Line: Audible only to the god
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 19, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Somewhere lives gold in the indulgent bank
Last Line: For only a god to hear
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 2, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Just as the master's genuine brushstroke
Last Line: Can sing the heart born into the whole
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 2, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Even as a handy sheet of paper
Last Line: Can sing the heart born into the whole
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 20, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: In between stars, what distances; and
Last Line: To speak in the language of fish
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 20, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Between the stars, how far, and still much farther
Last Line: There is something that might be language, %without speech?
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 21, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sing of the gardens, my heart, that you never saw; as if glass
Last Line: Feel that the whole, the marvelous carpet is meant
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 21, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sing, my heart, the unknown gardens poured
Last Line: Remember, a whole grand carpet is proposed
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 22, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh in spite of fate: the glorious overflowings
Last Line: None perhaps is in vain. Yet only as thought
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 22, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh, the splendid overflow, in spite of fate
Last Line: None is in vain perhaps. But just as if thought
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 23, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Call me to the one among your moments
Last Line: And sweet danger, ripening from within
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus; Religion


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 23, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Call me to one of your hours, the space
Last Line: And the sweetness of danger that ripens
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 24, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh the delight, ever new, out of loosened soil
Last Line: Andhow he must always profit when he lends us time
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 24, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh, this pleasure, always new, from the loosened clay!
Last Line: And how much he always gains when he puts us %on loan
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 25, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Already (listen!) you can hear the first
Last Line: Every hour that goes by grows younger
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 25, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Already, listen, you hear the first harrows
Last Line: Each passing hour grows more young
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 26, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: How deeply the cry of a bird can move us
Last Line: Let their clear stream carry the head and the lyre
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 26, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: We are stirred by a bird's cry
Last Line: As a river bearing the head and the lyre
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 27, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Does it really exist, this destroyer, time?
Last Line: Powers for divine uses
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 28, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh, come and go, you almost child, enhancing
Last Line: Communion with your friend both feet and face
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 28, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh come and go. You, almost still a child
Last Line: Body toward the perfect celebration
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 28, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh, come and go. You, almost a child, complete
Last Line: For once the whole and healing festival
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 29, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Silent friend of many distances, feel
Last Line: To the flashing water say: I am
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus; Religion


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 29, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Still friend of many distances, feel yet
Last Line: To the fleeting water speak: I am
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 3, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Mirrors: no one has ever known how
Last Line: Narcissus penetrate, bright and unbound
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 3, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Mirrors: still no one knowing has told
Last Line: Narcissus forces his way at last
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 4, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh this beast is the one that never was
Last Line: And was, inside the mirror and in her
Variant Title(s): Unicorn; This Is The Creatur
Subject(s): Animals; Mythology - Classical; Orpheus; Unicorns


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 4, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh, this is the animal that never was
Last Line: And was in the silver mirror and in her
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 5, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Flower-muscle that slowly opens back
Last Line: Shall we at last be open and receivers
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 5, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Flower-muscle of the anemone
Last Line: Are we receivers finally unfurled?
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 6, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Rose, you majesty -- once, to the ancients, you were
Last Line: Which we prayed for from hours that belong to us
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 6, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Roses, you on a throne, in antiquity
Last Line: That we have begged from hours evocable
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 7, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Flowers, you who are kin to the hands that arrange
Last Line: Relate you to those who in blossoming are your cousins
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 7, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Flowers, finally to ordering hands related
Last Line: With them who are your confederates in blooming
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 75, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Be ahead of all parting, as though it already were
Last Line: Joyfully add yourself, and cancel the count
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus; Religion


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 8, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: You playmates of mine in the scattered parks of the city
Last Line: Oh a vanishing one, stepped under the plummeting ball
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 8, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: You few playmates of childhood long ago
Last Line: Ah, dying, who walked under the falling ball
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 81, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Over and over by us torn in two
Last Line: Because of a moer quiet instinct
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 9, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Don't boast, you judges, that you have dispensed with torture
Last Line: Like a quietly playing child of an infinite union
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART, 9, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Do not boast, you judges, of irons not clamped
Last Line: Like a quietly playing child of an infinite conception
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART: 17, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Where, in what ever-blissfully watered gardens, upon what trees
Last Line: To disturb that even-tempered summer's repose
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SONNETS TO ORPHEUS: SECOND PART: 4, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: This is the creature there has never been
Last Line: Within the silver mirror and in her
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


SPANISH DANCER, by RAINER MARIA RILKE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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


SPANISH DANCER, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Like a white sulfur match in the hand
Last Line: With a sweet, welcome smile she lifts her face %and with short firm steps she stamps it out


SPANISH DANCER, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: As in the hand, a wooden match turns white
Last Line: And stamps it out with small determined feet


SPANISH TRILOGY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: From this cloud -- look: that so wildly covers
Last Line: A flare grows steady. Death should %less darkly find its wa


SPANISH TRILOGY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: From this cloud, look: so wildly concealing
Last Line: Should have little trouble finding the way


SPIRIT ARIEL, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Once long ago somewhere you freed him
Last Line: With nothing but his own strength: 'which is most faint.'


SPRING HAS RETURNED, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Spring has returned. The earth is
Last Line: Difficult stems: she sings it. She sings
Subject(s): Spring


STARS BEHIND OLIVES, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Dear love, who fail to read so much aright
Last Line: Grope after us and walk with our support


STARTLE ME, MUSIC, WITH RHYTHMICAL FURY!, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Oh, the she too doesn't exist, anywhere, will never be born,%she in whose absence you are withering


STEP NOW AND THEN, YOU GENTLE-HEARTED, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Ah, but the breezes...Ah, but the spaces


STEP NOW AND THEN, YOU GENTLE-HEARTED, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Ah, but the breezes...Ah, but the spaces


STILL THE GOD REMAINS AN EVERY-GROWING, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: When it begs us for its bell


STORM, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: When the clouds, driven by storms
Last Line: And the same flying %flees in them


STRAINING SO HARD AGAINST THE STRENGTH OF NIGHT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: The light arch of his equanimity


STROMATA: BOOK 2, by DAVID MILLER               
First Line: Sitting beneath the almond tree in blossom
Last Line: Many years that it was rilke who'd occupied the room


STRONG STAR, WHICH NEEDS NOT THE HELP WHICH, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: With the pure descent


STROPHES, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: There's one who takes all people in his hand
Last Line: Yet I hear many speaking evil of him


STUDY FOR A PORTRAIT (RILKE): 1, by NICOLE KRAUSS               
First Line: You wake to light hardened by industry, wrung-out and harnessed to hold
Last Line: The chimney smoke of small misfortunes


STUDY FOR A PORTRAIT (RILKE): 2, by NICOLE KRAUSS               
First Line: Early this morning your long letter, you write near the closed-down hotels
Last Line: Nothing is cured by getting older


STUDY FOR A PORTRAIT (RILKE): 3, by NICOLE KRAUSS               
First Line: To a child a clock is a clock, a star a star. Seeing things as they are
Last Line: Whose work begins where childhood ends: %a lifetime of perception


STUDY FOR A PORTRAIT (RILKE): 4, by NICOLE KRAUSS               
First Line: All morning the rain and a growing belief that the grey you trusted
Last Line: For years of your life


STUDY FOR A PORTRAIT (RILKE): 5, by NICOLE KRAUSS               
First Line: It is october, 1907. In the salon d'automne cezanne has just died
Last Line: That is what work is


STUDY FOR A PORTRAIT (RILKE): 6, by NICOLE KRAUSS               
First Line: And when for the last time you leave his paintings at the exhibition
Last Line: Orpheus singing, for fear of losing your own portrait among them, %don't look back


SUMMER PASSER-BY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Do you see that slowly walking, happy
Last Line: She gathers the shade of her incandescence


SUNSET, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Slowly the west reaches for clothes of new colors
Last Line: So that, sometimes blocked in, sometimes reaching out, %one moment your life is a stone in you, and
Subject(s): Night


SWAN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: This laborious going on and on
Last Line: More composedly, condescends to swim


SWAN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: This laboring through what is still undone
Last Line: In his full majesty and ever more %indifferent, he condescends to glide
Subject(s): Birds; Swans


SWAN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The drudgery of trudging through things
Last Line: And composed, consents to glide


SWAN SWIMS ON THE WATER, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Of happiness and doubt


TEARS, TEARS THAT BREAK OUT OF ME, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Cradle me, old man


TELLING YOU ALL, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Telling you all would take too long
Last Line: Transports himself somewhere else


TENTH ELEGY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Some day, emerging at last out of this fell insight
Last Line: The emotion that almost startles %when happiness falls


TENTH ELEGY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: O to be able, at the end of this grim realization
Last Line: That almost over- %whelms us when happiness %falls
Subject(s): Scottish Translations


TENTH ELEGY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: May I, one day, emerging from this grim vision
Last Line: That almost startles, %when a happy thing falls


THAT WE LOSE NOTHING, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: That we lose nothing, that even those
Last Line: Have recourse, for even they, %the annihilators


THAT WHICH OFFERS ITSELF TO US WITH STARLIGHT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Will night know you


THE CAROUSEL; JARDIN DE LUXEMBOURG, by RAINER MARIA RILKE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by RAINER MARIA RILKE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the angels'
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision; Fancy


THE INFINITE REASON, by ARCHIBALD MACLEISH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Rilke thought it was the human part
Alternate Author Name(s): Fleming, Archibald
Subject(s): Reason; Truth; Intellect; Rationalism; Brain; Mind; Intellectuals


THE LAST SUPPER, by RAINER MARIA RILKE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography


THE OLD WOMAN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by RAINER MARIA RILKE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: His vision, from the constantly passing bars


THE YOUTH DREAMS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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


THESE SOFT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: And I lie without a lover


THINKING YOU, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Thinking you up my being burns more brightly
Last Line: Are you coming from unopposable space


THIRD ELEGY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: It's one thing to sing the beloved. Another, beware
Last Line: Of the nights...... %hold him here


THIS IS THE MUTE-MOUTHED MOUNTING OF THE PHALLI, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography


THOSE OF THE HOUSE OF COLONNA, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: You far-off men, who stand now so motionless
Last Line: Back then your faces burgeoned wide


THREE HOLY KINGS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Once long ago when at the desert's edge
Last Line: And the valley of turquoise


THREE HOLY KINGS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Once long ago when at the desert's edge
Last Line: And the valley of turquoise
Subject(s): Christmas


TIME AND AGAIN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Time and again, however well we know the landscape of love
Last Line: Between the flowers, face to face with the sky


TITMOUSE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: O you, small heart that winters
Last Line: We'll know the pleasure of tomorrow


TO BENVENUTA, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Ah, I passed like a wind through their foliage
Last Line: That now, at last, you're going to take me home


TO DRINK THINGS DISSOLVED AND DILUTED, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Instead of chewing on the kernel of reality


TO HAVE COME THROUGH IT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: To have come through it: to have joyfully
Last Line: Of the call. Awake and weakened


TO HOLDERLIN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Lingering, even with intimate things
Last Line: For, oh, what affections, in space


TO HOLDERLIN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Lingering, even among what's most intimate
Last Line: What inclination, awaiting us in space


TO LOU ANDREAS-SALOME, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: I held myself too open, I forgot
Last Line: Gently, like moonlight on a window seat


TO LOU ANDREAS-SALOME, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: I kept myself immensely open, yet forgot
Last Line: To me, like moonlight at a spot by the %window


TO MONIQUE AND BLAISE BRIOD, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: And by your fire and by lamplight
Last Line: So much silence has collaborated here


TO MUSIC, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Music breathing of statues. Perhaps
Last Line: No longer to be lived in


TO MUSIC, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Music: breathing of statues. Perhaps
Last Line: No longer lived in


TO RILKE, by DENISE LEVERTOV    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Once, in dream, / the boat
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion; Theology


TO RILKE, by DENISE LEVERTOV                Poet's Biography
First Line: Once, in dream, %the boat
Last Line: Your silence was just such a song
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion


TO RILKE, by ALUN LEWIS                Poet's Biography
First Line: Rilke, if you had known that I was trying
Last Line: Once and for ever, rilke, but in oh a distant land
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings


TO RILKE, by ANNIE REINER               
First Line: Your eyes still order the world toward magic
Last Line: They disappear %into our thoughts, %tamed, %but never having been quite visible %on the page


TO SAY BEFORE GOING TO SLEEP, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: I would like to sing someone to sleep
Last Line: When something stirs in the dark


TO THE AWAITED ONE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: ...Come when it's time. All this will have
Last Line: And never self-terrified heart's blood %of such beloved things


TO THE MOON, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Moon, svelte peson
Last Line: Which I think suits your taste


TOMBS OF THE HETAERAE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: In their long hair they lie
Last Line: Grew into skies that closed nowhere


TOMBS OF THE HETAERAE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: They lie in their long hair
Last Line: Rose in a sky without end


TRANSFORM STAMEN ON STAMEN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Fill your interior rose


TRANSFORMATION, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Uproar and parade in the ripening vine


TRANSFORMED SPEAKS ONLY TO RELINQUISHERS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Holders-on are stranglers


TRANSIENCE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Driftsand of hours. Quietly continuous fading
Last Line: So that its gazing head fully grasps us


TRANSLATING RILKE ELECTRONICALLY, by JAN LEE ANDE               
First Line: We did not know its undreamt of head
Last Line: Which does not see you. You must otherwise your life
Subject(s): Stones


TSARS: 1, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: That was in days when the mountains came
Last Line: In their being's deep twilight


TSARS: 2, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Great birds still threaten on all sides
Last Line: And lay obediently at the elders' feet


TSARS: 3, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: His servants feed with more and more
Last Line: Who am I and who is he


TSARS: 4, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: It is the hour when the empire vainly
Last Line: And a blade has been unsheathed in dream


TSARS: 5, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The pale tsar will not die by the sword
Last Line: In which all action's red turned pale


TSARS: 6, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Still in the surrounding silver-plating
Last Line: And in the gleam of hanging lamps grew bright


TURNING, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: He had long won it through gazing
Last Line: As yet never loved creation


TWO POEMS AFTER RILKE, SELS., by HEATHER MCHUGH                Poet's Biography


TWO POEMS TO HANS THOMA ON HIS SIXIETH BIRTHDAY: 1. MOONLIGHT NIGHT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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, by RAINER MARIA RILKE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The knight rides forth in blackest mail
Last Line: And singing?
Subject(s): Knights & Knighthood; Thoma, Hans (1839-1924)


TWO POEMS TO HANS THOMAS ON HIS SIXTIETH BIRTHDAY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: South german night, bathed in august moonlight
Last Line: So that I can finally stretch %and play %and sing
Subject(s): Thoma, Hans (1839-1924)


UNDERMOST HE, THE EARTH-BOUND, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Curves, as it scales the top, into a lyre


UNDERMOST HE, THE EARTH-BOUND, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Into a lyre


UNDETERRABLE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Undeterrable, I'll complete this course
Last Line: Of new birth might be escaped


UNFINISHED ELEGY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Don't let your fate change your mind
Last Line: Are embarrassed for it


UNICORN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: This is the animal that never existed


UNICORN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh this is the animal that never was
Last Line: Looking at them calmly, with clear eyes
Subject(s): Mythical Animals


UNICORN, SELS., by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Subject(s): Unicorns


UNKNOWING BEFORE THE HEAVENS OF MY LIFE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Seemingly protected, soothed by something near


UNSTEADY SCALES OF LIFE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: All of equanimity's weights, %gleaming, in order


URNS, TANGLED FRUIT OF THE POPPY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: We lose, the more


VACATION IN BOCA ISN'T RILKE, by MARCIA SOUTHWICK               
First Line: We're hanging out in our room at the sands hotel & casino beach
Last Line: So far back in time that he saw trees rear up, not yet tame


VALLEY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: By day it is all very different
Last Line: As if frightened by the roosters and the dogs


VARIATION AND REFLECTION ON A THEME BY RILKE, by DENISE LEVERTOV    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: If just for once the swing of cause and effect
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion; Theology


VARIATION AND REFLECTION ON A THEME BY RILKE, by DENISE LEVERTOV                Poet's Biography
First Line: If just for once the swing of cause and effect
Last Line: God's flight circles us
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion


VARIATION ON A THEME BY RILKE, by DENISE LEVERTOV                Poet's Biography
First Line: All these images (said the old monk
Last Line: Gives us clues to his mystery


VARIATION ON A THEME BY RILKE (1), by DENISE LEVERTOV                Poet's Biography
First Line: Soon, the end of a century. Is the great scroll


VARIATION ON A THEME BY RILKE (3), by DENISE LEVERTOV                Poet's Biography
First Line: With chips and shards, rubble of being


VARIATION ON A THEME BY RILKE (THE BOOK OF HOURS, BK I, 1), by DENISE LEVERTOV                Poet's Biography
First Line: A certain day became a presence to me


VARIATION ON TO SAY TO GO TO SLEEP, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: If I could I would sing you to sleep


VARIATIONS ON A THEME BY RILKE, by MARC J. SHEEHAN               
First Line: Two crows circle %the old logging trail
Last Line: And the whole lazarus-crew %frightened again by life


VASE PAINTING, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: See how our cups penetrate each other
Last Line: Is the dancer's step


VASE PAINTING, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Notice how our cups penetrate each other
Last Line: Is the dancer's step


VENICE IN LATE AUTUMN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The city now no longer drifts like bait
Last Line: Takes the great wind, shining and charged with fate


VISITATION OF MARY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: She still moved lightly at first
Last Line: Already leaped with delight


VOICES WARNED ME SO I DESISTED, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography


VOICES: THE SONG OF THE BEGGAR, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: I go always from door to door
Last Line: To put my head


VOICES: THE SONG OF THE BLIND MAN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: I am blind, you out there, that is a curse
Last Line: And that entices you to caring


VOICES: THE SONG OF THE DRUNKARD, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: It was not in me. It went out and in
Last Line: And toss me away in the dung


VOICES: THE SONG OF THE DWARF, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: My soul may be straight and good
Last Line: And the dogs couldn't care less


VOICES: THE SONG OF THE IDIOT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: They don't stop me. They let me go
Last Line: Friendly, a little vague %how nice


VOICES: THE SONG OF THE LEPER, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Look, I am one whom all have abandoned
Last Line: Animals I'll try not to frighten


VOICES: THE SONG OF THE ORPHAN GIRL, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: I am nobody and shall also be nobody
Last Line: Now he loves nothing anymore


VOICES: THE SONG OF THE SUICIDE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: All right now: just one last second more
Last Line: I'll require a diet


VOICES: THE SONG OF THE WIDOW, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: In the beginning life was good to me
Last Line: And left me standing open
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Marriage


VOICES: TITLE LEAF, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The rich and the fortunate can well keep quiet
Last Line: Whenever these maimed ones bother him


WAIT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: It is life in slow motion
Last Line: Made imaginary by this stop


WALK, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Already my gaze is on the hill, that sunlit one
Last Line: But we feel only the opposing wind


WALK, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: My eyes already touch the sunny hill
Last Line: But what we feel is the wind in our faces
Subject(s): Men


WALK, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: My eyes already touch that hill, sun-gold


WALK AT NIGHT, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Nothing is like something else. What is not wholly
Last Line: Parts among the stars. How they urge us on


WASHING THE CORPSE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: They'd gotten used to him. But
Last Line: Lay there, nude and immaculate, giving the orders


WATCHING RILKE WATCHING CEZANNE, by NORBERT HIRSCHHORN               
First Line: Who could miss rilke
Last Line: And a wounded animal howled along the far escarpment


WATER LILY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: My whole life is mine, but whoever says so
Last Line: I attract the beyonds of mirrors


WAY IN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Whoever you are; some evening take a step
Last Line: In the same moment that your will grasps it, %your eyes, feeling its subtlety, will leave it
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision


WAY THAT BRIGHT PLANET, THE MOON, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: The way that bright planet, the moon, exalted, full of purpose
Last Line: Ache more clearly for you


WAY WATER SURFACES SILENTLY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: To give you my ascending %changing face


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


WE ARE JUST MOUTH, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: And then are being, change, and face


WE ARE NOT TO KNOW WHY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Makes us familiar with it


WE DON'T KNOW WHAT WE SPEND, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Of yesterday's great luck. And the goddess herself %always


WE MUST DIE BECAUSE WE HAVE KNOWN THEM, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Play inside him as though in quivering cages
Subject(s): Men


WE SAY RELEASE, AND RADIANCE, AND ROSES, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography


WE WAX FOR WANING, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Blossom and book


WE WAX FOR WANING, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Blossom and book


WE'RE DRAWN TO WHAT IS UNAWARE OF US, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: We live on, and we have done no harm


WE'RE ONLY MOUTH, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: We're only mouth. Who sings the distant heart
Last Line: And then are being, transformation, visage


WE, IN THE GRAPPLING NIGHTS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: We are a plunging stone


WE, IN THE STRUGGLING NIGHTS, FR. LAST POEMS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography


WHAT BIRDS PLUNGE THROUGH, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: What birds plunge through is not that intimate space
Last Line: Of your renouncing does it rise as tree


WHAT CAN SAY, WHEN I GO TO A WINDOW, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Face isn't lifted, that longs for me now


WHAT FIELDS ARE FRAGRANT AS YOUR HANDS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: By my tender caresses now


WHAT SURVIVES, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Who says that all must vanish
Last Line: An angel wears it after you


WHAT SURVIVES, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Who says that all must vanish?
Last Line: An angel wears it after you
Subject(s): Mourning


WHAT THE POET MUST KNOW, by OBE POSTMA               
First Line: And if it should be that he didn't know the nights of which rilke spoke
Last Line: There is still the mother who dispenses it always, %the soul, which embraces all generations
Subject(s): Netherlands


WHAT WILL YOU DO, GOD?, by RAINER MARIA RILKE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
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


WHEN THE CLOCKS STRIKE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography


WHITE LILY, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: White lily, just by dint of being
Last Line: I preferred you among so many outlined joys


WHOEVER GRASPS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Whoever grasps the thousand contradictions of his life
Last Line: Lifts him out of time on those compass legs


WIDOW'S SONG, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: In the beginning life was good to me


WILD ROSEBUSH, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: How it stands out against the darkenings
Last Line: And unprotected and having all I need


WILL I HAVE EXPRESSED IT BEFORE I LEAVE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Than this infatuated line


WILL-O'-THE-WISPS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: We have an old obscure connection
Last Line: And I have often watched myself go out %under my eyelid


WIND THAT GRIPS THIS COUNTRY LIKE A CRAFTSMAN, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: To offer his work the bright mirror of space


WOMAN GOING BLIND, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: She sat just like the others sipping tea
Last Line: She would no longer walk, but soar in flight


WOMAN IN LOVE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Yes I long for you. I glide
Last Line: Who doesn't know what even yesterday I was


WOMAN'S LAMENT: 1, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: And the last perhaps will not return
Last Line: And I feel no one feeling me


WOMAN'S LAMENT: 2, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: So like a door which won't stay closed
Last Line: And the nightingale is not in vain


WOOD POND, GENTLE, DEEP IN SELF-COMMUNION, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Aren't delighting, from somewhere far off, inside %me


WORDS OF THE LORD TO JOHN ON PATMOS, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Behold: (for no tree shall distract you)
Last Line: In it the perishing proceeds


WORKS IN TRANSLATION, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: I am the one, nightingale, I, whom you sing
Last Line: Cannot be avoided


WORLD WAS IN THE FACE OF THE BELOVED --, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: World, and as I drank I overflowed


YOU ARE THE FUTURE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: You are the future, the immense morning sky
Last Line: From a boat you are shore, from the shore a boat


YOU ARE THE FUTURE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: You are the future, the great sunrise red
Subject(s): Religion


YOU CAN'T WARM YOUR HANDS IN FRONT OF A BOOK BUT YOU CAN WARM YOUR HOP, by FANNY HOWE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Feathers fluffed the ashtray bin at the bottom of the elevator
Last Line: Out. My personal angel is my maid, said one to another, putting %down his rilke with a gentle smile


YOU CAN?ÇÖT WARM YOUR HANDS IN FRONT OF A BOOK BUT YOU CAN WARM YOUR HOPES THERE, by FANNY HOWE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Feathers fluffed the ashtray bin at the bottom of the elevator. Feathers and a smeared
Last Line: His rilke with a gentle smile
Subject(s): City & Town Life


YOU DECLARE YOU KNOW LOVE'S NIGHTS?, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Which recollect like open faces?


YOU DON'T KNOW NIGHTS OF LOVE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: You don't know nights of love? Don't
Last Line: That keep remembering like eyes


YOU FEW, THE ONE-TIME SHARERS OF CHILDHOOD'S TREASURE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Pass, ah, fleetingly! Under the falling ball


YOU FEW, THE ONE-TIME SHARERS OF CHILDHOOD'S TREASURE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Pass, ah, fleetingly! Under the falling ball


YOU MUST MOURN FOR A LONG TIME, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Will ever talk you out of it again


YOU NEED NOT BE AFRAID, GOD, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: You need not be afraid, god. They say: my
Last Line: And growing ever sweeter, is its own
Subject(s): God


YOU OR ABOUT LOVE: 9, by MARIAN ODANGIU               
First Line: I'm afraid it will be hard to recognize you
Last Line: About the solitude %of the knight christopher rilke


YOU THE BELOVED/LOST IN ADVANCE, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
First Line: You the beloved %lost in advance, you the never-arrived
Last Line: Yesterday, alone, at evening


YOU WHO NEVER ARRIVED, by RAINER MARIA RILKE                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Yesterday, separate, in the evening
Subject(s): Love


YOU, NEIGHBOR GOD, by RAINER MARIA RILKE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: You, neighbor god, if sometimes in the night
Last Line: Apart from you are exiles, hopeless of return.