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Rainer Maria Rilke's Roses

Rainer Maria Rilke's Roses

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Published by Suzanne de Cornelia
An unhappy childhood, and ill-advised education was transformed by life in Paris, association with artists, and love of roses that made Rilke's poetry flow earning him enduring world fame~
An unhappy childhood, and ill-advised education was transformed by life in Paris, association with artists, and love of roses that made Rilke's poetry flow earning him enduring world fame~

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Published by: Suzanne de Cornelia on May 21, 2011
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Rose cultivating poet Rainer Maria Rilke wrote more than 400 poems inFrench~inspired by his language and nation of choice, not of birth. Roses,angels, Greek mythological characters, death, transcendence, poetry and the animism of all things were his recurring themes.Born into a well-to-do German family in Prague, he suffered from anunhappy childhood and an ill-matched education until his travels inEurope and Russia sparked serious work. For 12 years his base was Paris.He produced The Book of Hours, researched a work on Rodin, produced his New Poems and novel The Notebook of MalteLauridsBrigge. His poems Duino Elegies (1923), a masterpiece meditation on the paradoxesof human existence and Sonnets to Orpheus (1923), a long cycle inspired by the death of a young girlbrought him world fame.Rilke literally lived in a rose-covered cottage. A myth that persists is that while he cut garden roses in honor of an arriving beautyhe was pricked 
 
by a thorn that caused an infection, which killed him. Perhaps the poet sparked the more romantic and metaphorical legend himself as he wasdying from leukemia. As Nietzsche wrote, and Rilke believed: Theessential function of art is to think and feel existence to that conclusionwhich convinces us of its perfection  to affirm, bless and deify existence. 
 
From Rilkes Bowl of Roses~
 
~And aren't they all that way? just self-containing,
 
if self-containing means: to transform the world 
 
with its wind and rain and springtime's patience
 
and guilt and restlessness and obscure fate
 
and the darkness of evening earth and even
 
the changing clouds, coming and going,
 
even the vague intercession of distant stars,
 
into a handful of inner life.
 
It now lies free of care in these open roses.
 
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~A billion stars go spinning through the night, glittering above your head.But in you is the presence that will be, when all the stars are dead.
 
~Our heart always transcends usLove is the only rational act.
 
~If we surrendered to earth's intelligence we could rise up rooted, liketrees.~How should we be able to forget those ancient myths about dragons that at the least moment turn into princesses; perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave; and our fears are like dragons guarding our deepest treasures.~We are the bees of the invisible. We wildly collect the honey of the visible,to store it in the great golden hive of the invisible.
 
~There is only one journey. Going inside yourself.
 

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