Saturday, December 31, 2011

The wisdom of Rainer Maria Rilke

"Now let us welcome the new year,
 full of things that have never been."

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926)

I like Rilke's open-ended invitation to greet the new year with willingness to experience new paths in life….perhaps this is, somewhat paradoxically, the actual process of rejuvenation….

The celebrated Austrian poet is widely viewed as the master of his art in the German language.

Rilke's oeuvre is dark, his style of lyrical poetry has been called "haunting." He wrote "Letters To A Young Poet."





Oskar Werner reads Rilke's "The Stranger" ("Der Fremde")

Rainer Maria Rilke, per Wikipedia

Rilke biography on poets.org


A sample of my poetry:
O, Patient Sea
Chanson de mer
The boy with a red hat

Sample of a friend's poetry

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