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Death - Poem by Rainer Maria Rilke

Come thou, thou last one, whom I recognize,
unbearable pain throughout this body's fabric:
as I in my spirit burned, see, I now burn in thee:
the wood that long resisted the advancing flames
which thou kept flaring, I now am nourishinig
and burn in thee.

My gentle and mild being through thy ruthless fury
has turned into a raging hell that is not from here.
Quite pure, quite free of future planning, I mounted
the tangled funeral pyre built for my suffering,
so sure of nothing more to buy for future needs,
while in my heart the stored reserves kept silent.

Is it still I, who there past all recognition burn?
Memories I do not seize and bring inside.
O life! O living! O to be outside!
And I in flames. And no one here who knows me.


Comments about Death by Rainer Maria Rilke

  • Gold Star - 69,893 Points Ratnakar Mandlik (11/16/2016 10:06:00 PM)

    Awesome and very bold write. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 69,893 Points Ratnakar Mandlik (11/16/2016 9:55:00 PM)

    mounted the tangled funeral pyre built for suffering
    A bold conceptualization that is realistic too. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,873 Points Thabani Khumalo (6/16/2015 8:52:00 AM)

    I have a vision to write like this, only if god would bless me enough to.d (Report) Reply

    Silver Star - 3,626 Points Rod Mendieta (12/31/2016 12:22:00 PM)

    Don't give up your vision, Thabani. I think one starts by cherishing beautiful poems like this one. Lock it inside your heart and mind, revisit its lines every now and then, and it will inspire you.

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Poems About Death

  1. 1. Death Is Nothing At All , Henry Scott Holland
  2. 2. And Death Shall Have No Dominion , Dylan Thomas
  3. 3. Because I Could Not Stop For Death , Emily Dickinson
  4. 4. Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  5. 5. Let Me Die A Youngman's Death , Roger McGough
  6. 6. Nothing But Death , Pablo Neruda
  7. 7. A Dream Of Death , William Butler Yeats
  8. 8. A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, O.. , Dylan Thomas
  9. 9. The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner , Randall Jarrell
  10. 10. Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  11. 11. Father Death Blues , Allen Ginsberg
  12. 12. An Irish Airman Forsees His Death , William Butler Yeats
  13. 13. Angel Of Death (Death Death Death Dea.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  14. 14. First Death In Nova Scotia , Elizabeth Bishop
  15. 15. Death &Amp; Fame , Allen Ginsberg
  16. 16. Death Wants More Death , Charles Bukowski
  17. 17. Easter- The Resurrection Of Jesus Christ.. , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  18. 18. Go Down, Death , James Weldon Johnson
  19. 19. A Thought For A Lonely Death-Bed , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  20. 20. The Beauty Of Death Xiv , Khalil Gibran
  21. 21. A City's Death By Fire , Derek Walcott
  22. 22. A Death Blow Is A Life Blow To Some , Emily Dickinson
  23. 23. Gacela Of The Dark Death , Federico García Lorca
  24. 24. After Death , Sara Teasdale
  25. 25. The Death Of The Hired Man , Robert Frost
  26. 26. The Dance Of Death , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  27. 27. Death Xxvii , Khalil Gibran
  28. 28. On The Death Of A Young Lady Of Five Yea.. , Phillis Wheatley
  29. 29. Death Fugue , Paul Celan
  30. 30. Death Leaves Us Homesick, Who Behind , Emily Dickinson
  31. 31. Death Is Here And Death Is There , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  32. 32. A Funeral Poem On The Death Of C. E. An .. , Phillis Wheatley
  33. 33. On The Death Of Rev. Mr. George Whitefield , Phillis Wheatley
  34. 34. Ode On The Death Of A Favourite Cat Drow.. , Thomas Gray
  35. 35. On The Death Of Anne Brontë , Charlotte Brontë
  36. 36. A Poet's Death Is His Life Iv , Khalil Gibran
  37. 37. I Have A Rendezvous With Death , Alan Seeger
  38. 38. The Death Of Autumn , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  39. 39. On Death , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  40. 40. Death , William Butler Yeats
  41. 41. A Satirical Elegy On The Death Of A Late.. , Jonathan Swift
  42. 42. Death Is A Dialogue Between , Emily Dickinson
  43. 43. The Death Of The Flowers , William Cullen Bryant
  44. 44. All But Death, Can Be Adjusted , Emily Dickinson
  45. 45. Love &Amp; Fame &Amp; Death , Charles Bukowski
  46. 46. The Death Of Joy Gardner , Benjamin Zephaniah
  47. 47. An Elegy On The Death Of A Mad Dog , Oliver Goldsmith
  48. 48. If Death Is Kind , Sara Teasdale
  49. 49. As At Thy Portals Also Death , Walt Whitman
  50. 50. On Hearing Of A Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
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