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October 29, 2009

Poetry o’ the day, printemps edition

Filed under: books — danylmc @ 9:06 pm

Yes–the springtimes needed you. Often a star was waiting for you to notice it.
A wave rolled toward you out of the distant past,

or as you walked under an open window, a violin yielded itself to your hearing.
All this was mission. But could you accomplish it?
Weren’t you always distracted by expectation, as if every event announced a beloved?
(Where can you find a place to keep her, with all the huge strange thoughts inside you
going and coming and often staying all night.)

First Elegie. Rainer Maria Rilke

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3 Comments »

  1. [...] at a rate never before seen, according to a review of records by People For the American Way. Poetry o’ the day, printemps edition – dimpost.wordpress.com 10/29/2009 Yes–the springtimes needed you. Often a star was waiting [...]

    Pingback by Posts about Violins as of October 29 | Discount Violins — October 30, 2009 @ 2:30 pm

  2. The motif and imagery of violins/swans in symbolist and early modern poetry.
    Discuss.

    Comment by Leopold — October 30, 2009 @ 7:42 pm

  3. All that seductive personification.
    The springtime, stars and sea yearning for “you”. Music yielding to “you”. Expectation. Pronouncement. “inside you going and coming and often staying all night”.
    I bet the pants charmed themselves off whoever this poem was written for.

    Comment by Adhominem — October 31, 2009 @ 7:51 am


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