Pathways by Rainer Maria Rilke

Rainer Maria Rilke — was a Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist, “widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets”, writing in both verse and highly lyrical prose. Several critics have described Rilke’s work as inherently “mystical”. His writings include one novel, several collections of poetry, and several volumes of correspondence in which he invokes haunting images that focus on the difficulty of communion with the ineffable in an age of disbelief, solitude, and profound anxiety. These deeply existential themes tend to position him as a transitional figure between the traditional and the modernist writers.”

 

Today I present to you a short poem by Rilke called Pathways.

 

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Pathways by Rainer Maria Rilke

 

Understand, I’ll slip quietly

away from the noisy crowd

when I see the pale

stars rising, blooming, over the oaks.

 

I’ll pursue solitary pathways

through the pale twilit meadows,

with only this one dream:

You come too.

 

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Don’t you simply love the last line of this poem? In this one line, the poet manages to include you into his stunningly beautiful world of twilit meadows, rising stars and solitary pathways. And suddenly you are happy to share his world. I think this is a wonderful example of how a poet manages to create this alluring visual with his words and then invites you into it so charmingly that all you can do is say a loud and resounding YES.

 

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