Archives For Rainer Maria Rilke

Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.”
– Hannah Arendt,
who died on this date in 1975.
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The Wake Up CallPoem of the Day:
Silent Hour
Rainer Maria Rilke,
born on this date, 1875
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My Little King: The Christmas Stories and Songs of George Macdonald

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The Wake Up Call – December 4, 2014

I don’t believe in that kind of American John Wayne individualism where people pull themselves up by their bootstraps. Someone changed your diapers. And if that’s the case, you ain’t self-made.”
– Michael Eric Dyson, author
who was born on this date, 1958

 

Poem of the Day:
Autumn
Rainer Maria Rilke

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The Wake Up Call – October 23, 2014

“In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.”
– Leo Tolstoy
who was born on this day, 1828 
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Poem of the Day:
Autumn
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*** One of 5 Classic Autumn Poems

 

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Flesh: Bringing the Incarnation Down to Earth
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The Wake Up Call – September 9, 2014

 

Rainer Marie Rilke

Today is the birthday of the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, born 1875…

We offer today three excellent poems of his, which can all be found (I believe) in:

The Poetry of Rilke
Edward Snow, Translator
Paperback: North Point Press, 2011
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“I believe in everything that has not yet been said”

A Featured Review of

Prayers of a Young Poet

Rainer Maria Rilke.

Translated and with an introduction by Mark S. Burrows
Hardback: Paraclete Press, 2012.
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Review by Caitlin Michelle Desjardins

 

The hour bows down and stirs me

With a clear and ringing stroke;

My senses tremble. I feel that I can—

And I seize the forming day.

 

Between September 20 and October 14, 1899, Rainer Maria Rilke feverishly composed a cycle of prayers, in the form of poems written by an anonymous Russian Orthodox monk, that we now know as the first part of his famous Book of Hours. Yet the Book of Hours as we have it now, with Rilke’s own revisions, doesn’t include Rilke’s own original annotations that give the date of composition and short epigraphs that suggest something of the poems’ originations. These epigraphs, written from the perspective of the Monk, often suggest insights and signify the thrust of the poem itself. Rilke’s poetry is, in many ways, an exercise in openness and doesn’t always lend any clear “meaning” so much as give a sense of divinity, humanity and the wideness of life. These epigraphs, restored in this new edition of Rilke’s prayers (originally titles simple “die Gebete” or “the Prayers), don’t undermine the expanse of Rilke’s poetry or offer any kind of didactic “meaning”, yet they do helpfully turn our head a bit, and offer new insights into the poems themselves and Rilke’s spirit and imagination as he write them.

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Remembrance
Rainer Maria Rilke
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Rainer Maria RilkeExpectant and waiting you muse
On the great rare thing which alone
To enhance your life you would choose:
The awakening of the stone,
The deeps where yourself you would lose.

 

In the dusk of the shelves, embossed
Shine the volumes in gold and browns,
And you think of countries once crossed,
Of pictures, of shimmering gowns
Of the women that you have lost.

 

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The Wake Up CallThe Wake Up Call –
4 December 2012

Like the smell of strong coffee wafting down the hall, we offer a few book-related thoughts and stories to jumpstart your day…

 

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Today is the Feast of St. John of Damascus (died 4 Dec 749)
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“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions” – Poet Rainer Maria Rilke, born on this day in 1875
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“Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.” – Philosopher Hannah Arendt, who died on this day in 1975
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Thanks be to God for this new day, may it be full of beauty and grace!

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Powells Books Reviews
THE POETRY OF RILKE
Translated and Edited by Edward Snow

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THE POETRY OF RILKE.
Translated and Edited by Edward Snow.

Hardback: North Point Press, 2009.
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Charles Siegel Contrasts
Al Gore’s AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH with
Jane Jacobs’ THE DEATH AND LIFE OF
GREAT AMERICAN CITIES
.

http://preservenet.blogspot.com/2009/12/jane-jacobs-and-al-gore.html

As much as I admire the work that Al Gore is doing on global warming, I cannot help but shudder when I compare his Inconvenient Truth with Jane Jacobs’ Death and Life of Great American Cities, and I see how much American culture has changed in the last half century.

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DEATH AND LIFE OF
GREAT AMERICAN CITIES

Jane Jacobs.

Hardback: Modern Library, 1993 edition.
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AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH.
Al Gore.

Paperback:   Rodale, 2006.
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