Rainer Maria Rilke (4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926 / Prague / Czech Republic)
Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke
|21.||Duino Elegies: The First Elegy||1/13/2003|
|22.||Duino Elegies: The Fourth Elegy||1/13/2003|
|23.||Duino Elegies: The Tenth Elegy||1/13/2003|
|28.||Encounter In The Chestnut Avenue||1/13/2003|
|31.||Evening Love Song||1/3/2003|
|32.||Exposed on the cliffs of the heart||1/3/2003|
|33.||Extinguish Thou My Eyes||1/13/2003|
|37.||Fear of the Inexplicable||1/3/2003|
|39.||For Hans Carossa||1/13/2003|
|40.||from The Tenth Elegy||1/13/2003|
from The Tenth Elegy
Ah, but the City of Pain: how strange its streets are:
the false silence of sound drowning sound,
and there--proud, brazen, effluence from the mold of emptiness--
the gilded hubbub, the bursting monument.
How an Angel would stamp out their market of solaces,
set up alongside their church bought to order:
clean and closed and woeful as a post office on Sunday.
Outside, though, there's always the billowing edge of the fair.
Swings of Freedom! High-divers and Jugglers of Zeal!