Rilke’s “Requiem For a Friend”

Rainer Maria Rilke's "Requiem for a Friend" as translated from the German by Stephen Mitchell Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) wrote "Requiem For a Friend" as a tribute to his good friend, the painter Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876-1907), who suddenly died eighteen days after giving birth to her first child. Rilke wrote it over two haunted nights … Continue reading Rilke’s “Requiem For a Friend”

We are bees of the invisible… Rilke from a letter to Halewicz

"We are bees of the invisible. We wildly collect the honey of the invisible, to store it in the great golden hives of the invisible." Rilke often refers to the invisible, especially in his Duino Elegies, which he wrote during a particularly mystical period of his life. In a letter to his Polish translator Witold … Continue reading We are bees of the invisible… Rilke from a letter to Halewicz

Rainer Maria Rilke and Lou Andreas-Salome

Rainer Maria Rilke To Lou Andreas-Salome I held myself too open, I forgot that outside not just things exist and animals fully at ease in themselves, whose eyes reach from their lives' roundedness no differently than portraits do from frames; forgot that I with all I did incessantly crammed looks into myself; looks, opinion, curiosity. … Continue reading Rainer Maria Rilke and Lou Andreas-Salome

You Who Never Arrived by Rainer Maria Rilke

I was introduced to the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke through his Duino Elegies, as analysed by James Hollis in his book "The Archetypal Imagination". Hollis is a Jungian analyst, and the chapter on Rilke begins with Hollis writing: "What we wish most to know, most desire, remains unknowable and lies beyond our grasp. In … Continue reading You Who Never Arrived by Rainer Maria Rilke