|Sonnets to Orpheus (1923) [Collection]|
by Rainer Maria Rilke
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(From the publisher):
Orpheus represents the poet's journey into understanding of life and death. He is Rilke's touchstone, the mythical poet who could enchant beasts, birds, and spirits with his music. Originating in reflections on the untimely death of a young girl, the poems express Rilke's delicate sense of the beauty and transience of life and the transforming possibilities of love.
- A tree sprang into life
- And it was almost a girl
- A god can do it
- O you delicate ones
- Raise no memorial stone
- Does he live among us?
- To praise is foremost!
- Only in the realm of praising
- Only one who has raised the lyre
- I welcome you, ancient coffins
- Look at the sky
- Cheer the spirit
- We are absorbed in blossom
- Wait. It tastes good
- You, my friend, you are lonely
- Way down under the old
- Master, do you hear?
- Although the world quickly changes form
- What can I dedicate to you, lord?
- Spring has come again
- We drive on
- Only on a day when flight
- Shall we reject our ancient friendship?
- But you whom I knew like a flower
- You, holy Orpheus, poet
Breath, you invisible poem!
- Just as the master's genuine brushstroke
- O here you have the beast
- Flower muscle of the anemone
- Rose on your throne
- Flowers, sisters
- O you few playmates
- Judges, don't brag
- All we have gained, the machine threatens
- Many calmly ordered rules of death
- Will transformation
- Be ahead of all leaving
- Observe these flowers
- O fountain mouth
- Orpheus, whom we have torn apart
- Where, in what blissful watered gardens
- Dancer, O you translation
- Gold lives somewhere
- Between the stars
- My heart, sing about gardens
- O despite fate
- Summon me
- O this joy always new
- How the cry of a bird
- Does time destroyer
- O come and go
- Silent friend of many distances
Original title: Die Sonette an Orpheus
Genre: Poetry→ Verse
This work is a subwork of the following works :
Rilke's Late Poetry (2005) [Collection]
Author: Rainer Maria Rilke