famous poetry
| Famous Poetry | Roleplay | Free Video Tutorials | Online Poetry Club | Free Education | Best of Youtube | Ear Training

Duino Elegies: The Fourth Elegy Analysis

Author: poem of Rainer Maria Rilke Type: poem Views: 10

Sponsored Links

O trees of life, oh, what when winter comes?

We are not of one mind. Are not like birds

in unison migrating. And overtaken,

overdue, we thrust ourselves into the wind

and fall to earth into indifferent ponds.

Blossoming and withering we comprehend as one.

And somewhere lions roam, quite unaware,

in their magnificence, of any weaknesss.

But we, while wholly concentrating on one thing,

already feel the pressure of another.

Hatred is our first response. And lovers,

are they not forever invading one another's

boundaries? -although they promised space,

hunting and homeland. Then, for a sketch

drawn at a moment's impulse, a ground of contrast

is prepared, painfully, so that we may see.

For they are most exact with us. We do not know

the contours of our feelings. We only know

what shapes them from the outside.

Who has not sat, afraid, before his own heart's

curtain? It lifted and displayed the scenery

of departure. Easy to understand. The well-known

garden swaying just a little. Then came the dancer.

Not he! Enough! However lightly he pretends to move:

he is just disguised, costumed, an ordinary man

who enters through the kitchen when coming home.

I will not have these half-filled human masks;

better the puppet. It at least is full.

I will endure this well-stuffed doll, the wire,

the face that is nothing but appearance. Here out front

I wait. Even if the lights go down and I am told:

"There's nothing  more to come," -even if

the grayish drafts of emptiness come drifting down

from the deserted stage -even if not one

of my now silent forebears sist beside me

any longer, not a woman, not even a boy-

he with the brown and squinting eyes-:

I'll still remain. For one can always watch.

Am I not right?  You, to whom life would taste

so bitter, Father, after you - for my sake -

slipped of mine, that first muddy infusion

of my necessity. You kept on tasting, Father,

as I kept on growing, troubled by the aftertaste

of my so strange a future as you kept searching

my unfocused gaze -you who, so often since

you died, have been afraid for my well-being,

within my deepest hope, relinquishing that calmness,

the realms of equanimity such as the dead possess

for my so small fate -Am I not right?

And you, my parents, am I not right? You who loved me

for that small beginning of my love for you

from which I always shyly turned away, because

the distance in your features grew, changed,

even while I loved it, into cosmic space

where you no longer were...: and when I feel

inclined to wait before the puppet stage, no,

rather to stare at is so intensely that in the end

to counter-balance my searching gaze, an angel

has to come as an actor, and begin manipulating

the lifeless bodies of the puppets to perform.

Angel and puppet! Now at last there is a play!

Then what we seperate can come together by our

very presence. And only then the entire cycle

of our own life-seasons is revealed and set in motion.

Above, beyond us, the angel plays. Look:

must not the dying notice how unreal, how full

of pretense is all that we accomplish here, where

nothing is to be itself. O hours of childhood,

when behind each shape more that the past lay hidden,

when that which lay before us was not the future.

We grew, of course, and sometimes were impatient

in growing up,  half for the sake of pleasing those

with nothing left but their own grown-upness.

Yet, when alone, we entertained ourselves

with what alone endures, we would stand there

in the infinite space that spans the world and toys,

upon a place, which from the first beginnniing

had been prepared to serve a pure event.

Who shows a child just as it stands? Who places him

within his constellation, with the measuring-rod

of distance in his hand. Who makes his death

from gray bread that grows hard, -or leaves

it there inside his rounded mouth, jagged as the core

of a sweet apple?.......The minds of murderers

are easily comprehended. But this: to contain death,

the whole of death, even before life has begun,

to hold it all so gently within oneself,

and not be angry: that is indescribable.

Translated by Albert Ernest Flemming


Learn to Play Songs by Ear: Ear Training

122 Free Video Tutorials

[Video Tutorial] How to build google chrome extensions

Please add me on youtube. I make free educational video tutorials on youtube such as Basic HTML and CSS.

Free Online Education from Top Universities

Yes! It's true. Online College Education is now free!

||| Analysis | Critique | Overview Below |||

There have been no submitted criqiques, be the first to add one below.

Post your Analysis


Free Online Education from Top Universities

Yes! It's true. College Education is now free!

Most common keywords

Duino Elegies: The Fourth Elegy Analysis Rainer Maria Rilke critical analysis of poem, review school overview. Analysis of the poem. literary terms. Definition terms. Why did he use? short summary describing. Duino Elegies: The Fourth Elegy Analysis Rainer Maria Rilke Characters archetypes. Sparknotes bookrags the meaning summary overview critique of explanation pinkmonkey. Quick fast explanatory summary. pinkmonkey free cliffnotes cliffnotes ebook pdf doc file essay summary literary terms analysis professional definition summary synopsis sinopsis interpretation critique Duino Elegies: The Fourth Elegy Analysis Rainer Maria Rilke itunes audio book mp4 mp3 mit ocw Online Education homework forum help

Poetry 106
Poetry 199
Poetry 23
Poetry 47
Poetry 49
Poetry 34
Poetry 113
Poetry 53
Poetry 166
Poetry 44
Poetry 125
Poetry 162
Poetry 36
Poetry 57
Poetry 23
Poetry 146
Poetry 10
Poetry 11
Poetry 107
Poetry 110