Treasure Island

Rainer Maria Rilke

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

Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke

61. Love Song 1/3/2003
62. Moving Forward 1/3/2003
63. Music 1/13/2003
64. My Life 4/3/2010
65. Narcissus 1/3/2003
66. Night (O you whose countenance) 1/13/2003
67. Night (This night, agitated by the growing storm) 1/13/2003
68. On Hearing Of A Death 1/13/2003
69. Palm 1/3/2003
70. Parting 1/13/2003
71. Piano Practice 1/13/2003
72. Portrait of my Father as a Young Man 1/3/2003
73. Put Out My Eyes 1/3/2003
74. Rememberance 1/13/2003
75. Sacrifice 1/13/2003
76. Self-Portrait 1/13/2003
77. Sense Of Something Coming 1/13/2003
78. Slumber Song 1/13/2003
79. Solemn Hour 1/3/2003
80. Song 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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