Tag Archives: Reiner Maria Rilke

The Scent of Autumn Earth

“September 13, 1907 (Friday) . . . never has heather so touched and almost thrilled me as recently, when I found those three twigs in your sweet letter. Since then they have been lying in my Book of Pictures and … Continue reading

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The Soul after Death: Hermes and Eurydice

The transitional, in-between state of the soul after death was believed to be the domain of Hermes by ancient Greeks. They worshiped Hermes as the one god who will guide them to the right place of exit after they die. … Continue reading

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“The Gazelle” by Reiner Maria Rilke

Enchanted one: how shall the harmony of two perfect words attain that rhyme which ripples through you like a spell? From your forehead rise leaf and lyre, and all you are already moves in simile through love-songs whose words, softly … Continue reading

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“Evening” by Reiner Maria Rilke in Two Translations

I. EVENING Slowly now the evening changes his garments held for him by a rim of ancient trees; you gaze: and the landscape divides and leaves you, one sinking and one rising toward the sky. And you are left, to … Continue reading

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Dragons and Princesses

Fear of the Inexplicable But fear of the inexplicable has not alone impoverished the existence of the individual; the relationship between one human being and another has also been cramped by it, as though it had been lifted out of … Continue reading

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