Poetry

Rainer Maria Rilke Poem of the Day: You who never arrived

Du im Voraus verlorne Geliebte, Nimmergekommene, nicht weiß ich, welche Töne dir lieb sind. Nicht mehr versuch ich, dich, wenn das Kommende wogt, zu erkennen. Alle die großen Bildern in mir, im Fernen erfahrene Landschaft, Städte und Türme und Brücken und un- vermutete Wendung der Wege und das Gewaltige jener von Göttern einst durchwachsenen Länder:… Continue reading Rainer Maria Rilke Poem of the Day: You who never arrived

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Mein Herz * Rainer Maria Rilke Poetry for Today

Ich weiß nicht, was ich habe, mir ist ums Herz so schwer..... Ums Herze? Ach was sag ich - ich hab doch keines mehr. Seit ich, mein Glück, dich kenne, du süßes Liebchen mein, vom ersten Augenblicke an wars ja doch schon dein. O mögst du es behalten, damit es stets so blieb - es… Continue reading Mein Herz * Rainer Maria Rilke Poetry for Today

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Narcissus and Echo * Poetry

“Shall the water not remember Ember my hand’s slow gesture, tracing above of its mirror my half-imaginary airy portrait? My only belonging longing; is my beauty, which I take ache away and then return, as love of teasing playfully the one being unbeing. whose gratitude I treasure Is your moves me. I live apart heart from myself, yet cannot not live apart. In the water’s… Continue reading Narcissus and Echo * Poetry

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Sonnet 104 -To me, fair friend, you never can be old, Shakespeare

To me, fair friend, you never can be old, For as you were, when first your eye I ey’d, Such seems your beauty still. Three winters cold Have from the forests shook three summers’ pride, Three beauteous springs to yellow autumn turn’d In process of the seasons have I seen, Three April perfumes in three… Continue reading Sonnet 104 -To me, fair friend, you never can be old, Shakespeare

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“Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art” * Keats – Valentine’s poetry

Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art—          Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night And watching, with eternal lids apart,          Like nature's patient, sleepless Eremite, The moving waters at their priestlike task          Of pure ablution round earth's human shores, Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask          Of snow upon the mountains and… Continue reading “Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art” * Keats – Valentine’s poetry

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Buch der Bilder * Rainer Maria Rilke

Rainer Maria Rilke's Buch der Bilder is a rich and subtle cycle of poems that has presented difficulties for many Rilke scholars. In this study, I begin by giving a brief overview of some of these difficulties, which are usually rooted in an adherence to biographical readings. I then move on to read key poems in the cycle, including "Auseinem… Continue reading Buch der Bilder * Rainer Maria Rilke