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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 - 62,917 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 - 62,917 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 - 2,845 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

    Rookie - 488 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. Let Me Die A Youngman's Death , Roger McGough
  2. 2. And Death Shall Have No Dominion , Dylan Thomas
  3. 3. Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  4. 4. Death Is Nothing At All , Henry Scott Holland
  5. 5. Because I Could Not Stop For Death , Emily Dickinson
  6. 6. Nothing But Death , Pablo Neruda
  7. 7. A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, O.. , Dylan Thomas
  8. 8. A Dream Of Death , William Butler Yeats
  9. 9. A Poet's Death Is His Life Iv , Khalil Gibran
  10. 10. Father Death Blues , Allen Ginsberg
  11. 11. An Irish Airman Forsees His Death , William Butler Yeats
  12. 12. Death Wants More Death , Charles Bukowski
  13. 13. A Death Blow Is A Life Blow To Some , Emily Dickinson
  14. 14. The Beauty Of Death Xiv , Khalil Gibran
  15. 15. Angel Of Death (Death Death Death Dea.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  16. 16. A City's Death By Fire , Derek Walcott
  17. 17. Death Xxvii , Khalil Gibran
  18. 18. The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner , Randall Jarrell
  19. 19. Death Leaves Us Homesick, Who Behind , Emily Dickinson
  20. 20. After Death , Sara Teasdale
  21. 21. A Funeral Poem On The Death Of C. E. An .. , Phillis Wheatley
  22. 22. The Death Of Joy Gardner , Benjamin Zephaniah
  23. 23. On The Death Of A Young Lady Of Five Yea.. , Phillis Wheatley
  24. 24. Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  25. 25. First Death In Nova Scotia , Elizabeth Bishop
  26. 26. A Ballad Of Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  27. 27. I Have A Rendezvous With Death , Alan Seeger
  28. 28. Gacela Of The Dark Death , Federico García Lorca
  29. 29. On The Death Of Anne Brontë , Charlotte Brontë
  30. 30. A Thought For A Lonely Death-Bed , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  31. 31. On Death , Anne Killigrew
  32. 32. Go Down, Death , James Weldon Johnson
  33. 33. Death &Amp; Fame , Allen Ginsberg
  34. 34. On The Death Of That Most Excellent Lady, , Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
  35. 35. The Death Of The Hired Man , Robert Frost
  36. 36. For The Anniversary Of My Death , William Stanley Merwin
  37. 37. Death Fugue , Paul Celan
  38. 38. Holy Sonnet X: Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  39. 39. Love &Amp; Fame &Amp; Death , Charles Bukowski
  40. 40. All But Death, Can Be Adjusted , Emily Dickinson
  41. 41. As At Thy Portals Also Death , Walt Whitman
  42. 42. Fugue Of Death , Paul Celan
  43. 43. Hymns To The Night : 6 : Longing For Death , Novalis
  44. 44. Don'T Fear Death , Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
  45. 45. Death Of A Cockroach , Robert William Service
  46. 46. If Death Is Kind , Sara Teasdale
  47. 47. On Hearing Of A Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  48. 48. Death , William Butler Yeats
  49. 49. A Satirical Elegy On The Death Of A Late.. , Jonathan Swift
  50. 50. An Elegy On The Death Of A Mad Dog , Oliver Goldsmith
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