Rainer Maria Rilke





Rainer Maria Rilke


Born
in Prague, Czech Republic
December 04, 1875

Died
December 29, 1926

Genre

Influences


Rainer Maria Rilke is considered one of the German language's greatest 20th century poets.

His haunting images tend to focus on the difficulty of communion with the ineffable in an age of disbelief, solitude, and profound anxiety — themes that tend to position him as a transitional figure between the traditional and the modernist poets.

He wrote in both verse and a highly lyrical prose. His two most famous verse sequences are the Sonnets to Orpheus and the Duino Elegies; his two most famous prose works are the Letters to a Young Poet and the semi-autobiographical The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge.

He also wrote more than 400 poems in French, dedicated to his homeland of choice, the canton of Valais in Switzerland.

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Letters to a Young Poet

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The Selected Poetry of Rain...

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Duino Elegies

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The Notebooks of Malte Laur...

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Rilke's Book of Hours: Love...

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Sonnets to Orpheus

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Duino Elegies and The Sonne...

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4.49 avg rating — 1,627 ratings — published 1923 — 28 editions
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The Book of Images

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4.43 avg rating — 1,093 ratings — published 1919 — 32 editions
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Rilke on Love and Other Dif...

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4.28 avg rating — 1,019 ratings — published 1975 — 6 editions
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Ahead of All Parting: The S...

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“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

“We need, in love, to practice only this: letting each other go. For holding on comes easily; we do not need to learn it.”
Rainer Maria Rilke, Translations from the Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke

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