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René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke

René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke

 

Poet: René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke

Dates: 4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926

Nationality: Austrian

Title of Poem: A Walk

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.

Translated by Robert Bly

 

Brief Biography: Rilke was a poet and novelist. He is widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets.

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