The only journey is the one within.
– Rainer Maria Rilke
René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke famous as Rainer Maria Rilke was a Bohemian-Austrian poet of the 20th century who is well known for his lyrical intensity in both verse and prose. Rilke was a sensitive introspective poet and critics have often described his work as mystical and prophetic with existential themes and haunting imagery. His poetic style was rich and supple, varying from the simple to the elaborate and profound. His poems encompass the concepts of disbelief, solitude, and uncertainty making him one of the prominent poets during the transitional period from traditional poetry to modernism. Rilke is well known for his object poetry, which was an attempt to describe physical objects. These poems got instant fame as “thing-poems” expressing Rilke’s rejuvenated artistic vision.
My eyes already touch the sunny hill.
going far ahead of the road I have begun.
So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp;
it has inner light, even from a distance-
and charges us, even if we do not reach it,
into something else, which, hardly sensing it,
we already are; a gesture waves us on
answering our own wave…
but what we feel is the …Read more »
Exposed on the cliffs of the heart. Look, how tiny down there,
look: the last village of words and, higher,
(but how tiny) still one last
farmhouse of feeling. Can you see it?
Exposed on the cliffs of the heart. Stoneground
under your hands. Even here, though,
something can bloom; on a silent cliff-edge
an unknowing plant blooms, singing, into the …Read more »
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