Rainer Maria Rilke

(4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926 / Prague / Czech Republic)

Love Song - Poem by Rainer Maria Rilke

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How can I keep my soul in me, so that
it doesn't touch your soul? How can I raise
it high enough, past you, to other things?
I would like to shelter it, among remote
lost objects, in some dark and silent place
that doesn't resonate when your depths resound.
Yet everything that touches us, me and you,
takes us together like a violin's bow,
which draws *one* voice out of two separate strings.
Upon what instrument are we two spanned?
And what musician holds us in his hand?
Oh sweetest song.


Comments about Love Song by Rainer Maria Rilke

  • Jane Urhobocha Ejobofor (2/15/2017 3:26:00 PM)

    it's beautiful
    Yet everything that touches us, me and you,
    takes us together like a violin's bow,
    which draws *one* voice out of two separate strings.
    Upon what instrument are we two spanned?
    And what musician holds us in his hand?
    Oh sweetest song.
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  • Amar Agarwala (2/14/2017 9:51:00 PM)


    Rainer Maria Rilke, is known for his dark verses... The Duino Elegies, being his greatest work. Here, in this poem on love, his forebodings are once again relevant. I enjoyed reading it. (Report) Reply

  • (2/14/2017 6:29:00 PM)


    Vibrations of 'The Tiger (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (2/14/2017 5:40:00 PM)


    A dark love song. Almost as if he resented the closeness he felt toward her. (Report) Reply

  • (2/14/2017 1:09:00 PM)


    While searching for the truth of the things through the antagonism between beauty and suffering, or between life and death, the poet Rainer Maria Rilke found the music of love in the German folk songs. His violin had ''two separate strings'' to vibrate for one voice (the return to the first Adam) . ''God created all things (John 1: 1–3; Colossians 1: 15–20; Hebrews 1: 2) ]. The man and the woman entwined to have a spiritual communion with God. The ''violin's bow'' was an instrument used by God to touch the souls for this unique vibration of love. Much more than a song, love can change everything around.Wonderful poem. Voted 10. (Report) Reply

  • Alex Sarich (2/14/2017 11:42:00 AM)


    what words, expressed brilliantly. +10 (Report) Reply

  • (2/14/2017 9:12:00 AM)


    draws one voice out of two separate strings.
    Perfect confluence of souls marvelously portrayed.
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (2/14/2017 8:12:00 AM)

    One voice!
    Enough. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (2/14/2017 7:38:00 AM)


    So profound the miraculous power of depicting the ultimate. Words perhaps follow the genius to give them strength of expounding meaning again which has been strengthless by overuse by random talking ! Great post by PH. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Sylva-onyema Uba (2/14/2017 4:24:00 AM)


    How can I keep my soul in me...

    Rhetoric well expressed.
    Nice piece of poem.

    Sylva.
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  • Indira Renganathan (2/14/2017 3:12:00 AM)


    Sweet and musical- 10 (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (2/14/2017 2:03:00 AM)

    tom allport
    lovely poem about togetherness and being in tune with each other? (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (2/14/2017 12:52:00 AM)


    Sweetest song...... thanks fir sharing..... (Report) Reply

  • Prem Katoch (2/14/2017 12:39:00 AM)


    It is beautiful. Takes you to another world, pleasant and dreamy (Report) Reply

  • (2/14/2017 12:27:00 AM)


    Let the soul and spirit be on its wings.May be that will transcend love, need of love., that in fact is in perpetual evolution among all other competing things. (Report) Reply

  • (4/3/2015 5:52:00 AM)


    I just love this poem! So nice! (Report) Reply

  • (2/28/2014 9:20:00 AM)


    My dear husband David and I had this as one of the poems at our Civil Partnership 8 years ago. To my great grief and distress he died in January but this poem still resonates with our love and brings joy. (Report) Reply

    Ruth Hare (10/26/2015 12:27:00 PM)

    Thank you for sharing. I love that people still read poetry at civil partnerships and marriages.

    Henrik Frandsen (6/29/2015 3:28:00 PM)

    Condolences [3

  • (12/25/2008 6:34:00 PM)


    this poem touched my soul many years ago, and i love it still. it belongs in my soul beside my great love for my beautiful blue eyed poet s.n. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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