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
24. Early Spring 1/3/2003
25. Elegy I 1/3/2003
26. Elegy IV 1/3/2003
27. Elegy X 1/3/2003
28. Encounter In The Chestnut Avenue 1/13/2003
29. Eve 1/3/2003
30. Evening 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
34. Falconry 4/3/2010
35. Fall Day 1/3/2003
36. Falling Stars 1/13/2003
37. Fear of the Inexplicable 1/3/2003
38. Fire's Reflection 1/13/2003
39. For Hans Carossa 1/13/2003
40. from The Tenth Elegy 1/13/2003

Archaic Torso of Apollo

We cannot know his legendary head
with eyes like ripening fruit. And yet his torso
is still suffused with brilliance from inside,
like a lamp, in which his gaze, now turned to low,

gleams in all its power. Otherwise
the curved breast could not dazzle you so, nor could
a smile run through the placid hips and thighs
to that dark center where procreation flared.

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