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Rainer Maria Rilke

POET SPOTLIGHT:

About Rainer Maria Rilke

"Autumn"

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"Sonnet 6"

"Again and again"

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'} Rainer Maria Rilke was an Austrian poet and writer. During his lifetime, he wrote a novel and several collections of poetry. During his life, he traveled all throughout Europe and ended up living in Switzerland. Rilke’s poetry is often described as “mystical” and many find his poetry soothing and comforting.

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; min-height: 14.0px} “Autumn”By Rainer Maria RilkeThe leaves fall, fall as from far,Like distant gardens withered in the heavens;They fall with slow and lingering descent.And in the nights the heavy Earth, too, fallsFrom out the stars into the Solitude.Thus all doth fall. This hand of mine must fallAnd lo! the other one:—it is the law.But there is One who holds this fallingInfinitely softly in His hands.

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; min-height: 14.0px} “Again and again”By Rainer Maria RilkeAgain and again, even though we know love’s landscapeand the little churchyard with its lamenting namesand the terrible reticent gorge in which the othersend: again and again the two of us walk out togetherunder the ancient trees, lay ourselves down again and againamong the flowers, and look up into the sky.

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; min-height: 14.0px} “Sonnet 6”By Rainer Maria RilkeIs he native to this realm? No,his wide nature grew out of both worlds.They more adeptly bend the willow's brancheswho have experience of the willow's roots.When you go to bed, don't leave bread or milkon the table: it attracts the dead—But may he, this quiet conjurer, may hebeneath the mildness of the eyelidmix their bright traces into every seen thing;and may the magic of earthsmoke and ruebe as real for him as the clearest connection.Nothing can mar for him the authentic image;whether he wanders through houses or graves,let him praise signet ring, gold necklace, jar.