Rainier Maria Rilke

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posted on Nov, 8 2010 @ 04:48 PM
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Rainier Maria Rilke was considered one of the most significant poets in the German language. Born in Prague, Rainier had a difficult life growing up. Never having a good relationship with his father, and when his mother had a daughter and she passed away, begin to dress Rainier in girls clothes in an act to recover. Pressured by both parents to enter the military academy, he attended for five years before leaving due to being sick.

In 1897 he fell in love with and married a woman named Lou Andreas-Salomé. After a few years they seperated but she still continued to be an important confidante in Rilke's life up until his passing. Salmome trained with the renowned psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud, and she often shared what she knew with Rilke that influenced his writing.

Rilke passed away in 1927 from Leukemia. You can read more of him on his Wiki page. And here is some poems!


But fear of the inexplicable has not alone impoverished
the existence of the individual; the relationship between
one human being and another has also been cramped by it,
as though it had been lifted out of the riverbed of
endless possibilities and set down in a fallow spot on the
bank, to which nothing happens. For it is not inertia alone
that is responsible for human relationships repeating
themselves from case to case, indescribably monotonous and
unrenewed: it is shyness before any sort of new,unforeseeable
experience with which one does not think oneself able to cope.

But only someone who is ready for everything, who excludes
nothing, not even the most enigmatical, will live the relation
to another as something alive and will himself draw exhaustively
from his own existence. For if we think of this existence of
the individual as a larger or smaller room, it appears evident
that most people learn to know only a corner of their room, a
place by the window, a strip of floor on which they walk up and
down. Thus they have a certain security. And yet that dangerous
insecurity is so much more human which drives the prisoners in
Poe's stories to feel out the shapes of their horrible dungeons
and not be strangers to the unspeakable terror of their abode.

We, however, are not prisoners. No traps or snares are set about
us, and there is nothing which should intimidate or worry us.
We are set down in life as in the element to which we best
correspond, and over and above this we have through thousands of
years of accommodation become so like this life, that when we
hold still we are, through a happy mimicry,scarcely to be
distinguished from all that surrounds us. We have no reason to
mistrust our world, for it is not against us. Has it terrors,
they are our terrors; has it abysses, those abuses belong to us;
are dangers at hand, we must try to love them. And if only we
arrange our life according to that principle which counsels us
that we must always hold to the difficult, then that which now
still seems to us the most alien will become what we most trust
and find most faithful. How should we be able to forget those
ancient myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into
princesses; perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses
who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave. Perhaps
everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless
that wants help from us.







My eyes already touch the sunny hill.
going far ahead of the road I have begun.
So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp;
it has inner light, even from a distance-

and charges us, even if we do not reach it,
into something else, which, hardly sensing it,
we already are; a gesture waves us on
answering our own wave...
but what we feel is the wind in our faces.





Again and again, however we know the landscape of love
and the little churchyard there, with its sorrowing names,
and the frighteningly silent abyss into which the others
fall: again and again the two of us walk out together
under the ancient trees, lie down again and again
among the flowers, face to face with the sky.


- I also suggest reading Letters To A Young Poet -

www.sfgoth.com...






www.poemhunter.com...
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posted on Nov, 8 2010 @ 04:50 PM
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And heres some good quotes:




Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.




Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave.





have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.



posted on Nov, 8 2010 @ 05:30 PM
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Some of his work was used in the 1987 Wim Wenders film "Wings of Desire." It was so haunting and beautiful, I became a fan.



posted on Nov, 8 2010 @ 08:39 PM
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Really?! Im going to have to check that out then. =]



posted on Nov, 9 2010 @ 11:00 AM
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I want to post this bit-

have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.

Every time someone comes on here and is truly frustrated by life. His very clever way of saying to live in the moment methinks.





 
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