HomeGroupsTalkExploreZeitgeist
Search Site
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
MembersReviewsPopularityRatingFavorited   Events   
23,907 (30,354)315763 (4.18)1710
More than any other modern German writer, Rainer Maria Rilke seems to match our romantic idea of what a poet should be, though, as with many writers, separating artistry from affectation is often difficult. Restless, sensitive, reverent, yet egotistical, Rilke often seems to hover in his poems like a sort of ethereal being. He was born in 1875 to a wealthy family in Prague. After a few years devoted to the study of art and literature, he spent most of his adult life wandering among the European capitals and devoting himself single-mindedly to poetry. His early poems reflect his interest in the visual and plastic arts, as he tries to lose himself in contemplation of objects such as an antique torso of Apollo.His later books of poetry, such as Duino Elegies (1923) and Sonnets to Orpheus (1923), on the contrary, focus intently on internal realms. The poetry of Rilke is noted, above all, for metaphysical and psychological nuances. (Bowker Author Biography)
— biography from Letters to a Young Poet
… (more)
Letters to a Young Poet 5,557 copies, 81 reviews
The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge (Author) 2,232 copies, 25 reviews
Duino Elegies (Author) 1,519 copies, 13 reviews
Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God (Author) 985 copies, 8 reviews
Sonnets to Orpheus (Author) 948 copies, 5 reviews
Duino Elegies / The Sonnets to Orpheus (Author) 685 copies, 10 reviews
Stories of God (Author) 443 copies, 4 reviews
The Book of Images 419 copies, 2 reviews
Letters on Cézanne 331 copies, 2 reviews
Auguste Rodin 207 copies, 1 review
Die Gedichte (Author) 156 copies, 4 reviews
New Poems, 1907 131 copies
In Praise of Mortality 81 copies, 1 review
The Life of the Virgin Mary 50 copies, 1 review
Gedichte [Reclam UB 8291] (Author) 46 copies
Ewald Tragy 41 copies, 1 review
El testamento (Author) 38 copies, 1 review
Rilke in Paris 36 copies, 3 reviews
Worpswede 35 copies, 1 review
Requiem 35 copies
Poesie 33 copies
Florentijns dagboek 29 copies, 1 review
Prayers of a Young Poet 29 copies, 1 review
Poèmes à la nuit 27 copies, 1 review
Vergers 26 copies
Die schönsten Gedichte 26 copies, 1 review
Danze macabre 25 copies
Poems 23 copies, 1 review
Gedichte 17 copies
Poesie 17 copies
Die Erzählungen. 17 copies, 1 review
Lyrik und Prosa 16 copies
Larenopfer 13 copies
Poemas 13 copies
Turning-Point 13 copies
Armastusest 11 copies
The Voices 10 copies, 1 review
Oeuvres 10 copies, 1 review
Epistolario español 9 copies, 1 review
Dikter 8 copies
88 Gedichte 8 copies
Lettres à une musicienne 8 copies, 1 review
Racconti scelti 7 copies, 1 review
Gedichte. 7 copies
Lettere 6 copies
Briefe 6 copies
Poupées 5 copies
Werke 5 copies
Mir zur Feier 5 copies
Het landschap 5 copies
Am Leben hin 5 copies
Cuareta y nueve poemas 4 copies, 1 review
Brieven (Author) 4 copies
I racconti 4 copies
Poezje 4 copies
Correspondencia 1909-1926 4 copies, 1 review
Herbst 4 copies
Nine plays 4 copies
Kaks Praha lugu 3 copies, 1 review
Die Letzten 3 copies
O carrossel 3 copies
Gedichte 3 copies
Del poeta 3 copies
Poemas 3 copies
Valda dikter 3 copies
Gedichten 3 copies
Die Prosa 3 copies
Oeuvres - tome 1 - Prose (1) 3 copies, 1 review
Dream-Crowned 2 copies
Selected New Poems (Author) 2 copies
Later Poems 2 copies
Advent 2 copies
Poesías 2 copies
Erzählungen 2 copies
Verzieri 2 copies
Vita di Maria 2 copies
Poesía 2 copies
Rainer Maria Rilke : Poems (Author) 2 copies
Werke 2 copies
Rainer Maria Rilke 2 copies, 1 review
L'alfiere 2 copies
Liriche 2 copies
Rilke 2 copies
De Dichter 2 copies
Poésie 2 copies
Poezija 2 copies
Poems 2 copies
Rodin: Nudes 2 copies
50 Gedichte (Author) 2 copies
Poesie 2 copies
Lirika 2 copies
Rilke Werke 1 2 copies
Poemas I 1 copy
Poemas II 1 copy
Poems 1 copy
Poesie 1 copy
Listy 1 copy
POÉSIE 1 copy, 1 review
As Janelas 1 copy
A párduc 1 copy
Sonnets from the Portuguese (Translator, some editions) 1,940 copies, 20 reviews
The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology (Contributor) 350 copies, 3 reviews
A World of Great Stories 234 copies, 4 reviews
The World's Greatest Short Stories (Contributor) 220 copies
Letters: Summer 1926 191 copies, 1 review
The Song of Igor's Campaign (Translator, some editions) 170 copies, 3 reviews
Deutsche Gedichte (Contributor, some editions) 130 copies, 1 review
Randall Jarrell's Book of Stories (Contributor) 128 copies, 1 review
Magical Realist Fiction: An Anthology (Contributor) 97 copies, 1 review
Norton Book of Friendship (Contributor) 88 copies
Great German Short Stories (Contributor) 77 copies, 1 review
The Dedalus Book of Austrian Fantasy, 1890-2000 (Contributor) 64 copies, 1 review
The Faber Book of Gardens (Contributor) 39 copies, 2 reviews
Sonnets (Translator, some editions) 37 copies
The Return of the Prodigal Son (Translator, some editions) 35 copies
Mitsou: Forty images (Foreword, some editions) 26 copies, 1 review
Ten Poems to Say Goodbye (Contributor) 21 copies, 3 reviews
Loss: An Anthology (Contributor) 16 copies
Deutsche Erzählungen 2 (Contributor) 11 copies
Men And Women: The Poetry Of Love (Contributor) 7 copies
Moderne Erzahler 1 (Author) 4 copies
The Orphic Mysteries: Digest (Contributor) 3 copies
Am Borne deutscher Dichtung (Contributor) 1 copy

Top members (works)

Member favorites

Members: SmartDogs, J_Ortega, saskia17, anjenue, BohdiCave, SolomonCinco, erathostenes, lottpoet, AnuragGupta, dkarenart, differer, tcg17321, mysterium, tonikat, Myyst, TheoDrake, Theancaigh, YESterNOw, MaerCat, dew_enfolded (show 151 more), O_Hozomeen, terebinth, VolupteFunebre, bockbent, Sean191, private member, Rob313, ponder, MelvinUdall, the_airtwit, LBark, plt, proustitute, ZWordLLC, byelick, trillkhidr, napoleon-in-rags, galacticus, thatOlJanxSpirit, zauberkroete, eruditebumpkin, elke2402, PatrickSwanson, Oceanwings07, Mortritia, j.a.lesen, Katelordbrown, Azusaaa, naussicaa, MarshallAMiller, Phlegethon99, AngelusSilesius, herzdame, anon83, nabeelar, GeneRuyle, Myriades, Nazgullie, thisnomadlife, private member, thkey, private member, samalots, j_miah23, laughingwoman6, LebenAlles, Gy2K, pomonomo2003, Ringtales, JimmyChanga, carletes, _eskarina, Lenazuckerwise, shelterdowns, standinthewind, crystallineb, tomatojane, resoundingjoy, auspice, Saan, Frl.J., calzone, Atsarmon, InnerArtist, rachelick, djskandalous, ccf, durchblicksstrudel, sandy87, delamere, gavagai, wakeupchocolate, carport, GeorgeBorges, taralindsey, Brasidas, beulahry, schmidpe, Neurasthenio, Akrasiac, kleahey, private member, private member, private member, tasteless, kristinbell, IoAnnalisa, EAG, Poemblaze, rosinalippi, boekerij, ebreezy, AstraeaBeauty, pitjrw, dyoneo, suncloud9, HaikuThing, JNagarya, nrdoughty, withcoffeespoons, huehnchen, kimmysanders, DamnMyBrainDied, roby72, narrowridge, janis_mae, janeanger, skiegazer3, liliha, swyatt, kzlibrarian, just_j, JanWillemNoldus, anaall, ellisonite, sophis, refuge, paugust, private member, jimnorock, posthumose, icecreamemperor, private member, EdS, tros, knowthyself, pauliensijbers, lgaikwad, antimuzak, eldridgecrayon, rmharris, airpocket, aeosdur, woctune, Caroline_McElwee, the_red_shoes, Hibou8, jensjeppe, swanbreast, lorsomething, manusbooks, private member, dreamingtereza, MayorWhitebelly, kvyar, LitChick1, Meleos, GeorgMayer, PhilOPosia, TheresaWilliams, marietherese

Add to favorites
19th century (71) 20th century (362) anthology (370) art (113) Austria (56) Austrian literature (71) bilingual (83) biography (74) classic (75) classics (128) correspondence (112) dual language (59) epistolary (54) essays (145) fairy tales (109) fantasy (67) fiction (608) German (815) German literature (863) German poetry (217) Germany (179) letters (492) literature (705) Lyrik (72) non-fiction (434) novel (91) own (84) philosophy (86) poems (155) poetry (5,904) Rainer Maria Rilke (140) read (146) Rilke (440) short stories (246) spirituality (82) to-read (878) translated (69) translation (273) unread (79) writing (183)

Rainer Maria Rilke has 4 past events. (show)

Member ratings

Average: (4.18)
0.5
1 33
1.5 6
2 107
2.5 36
3 448
3.5 126
4 1090
4.5 161
5 1430

Author pictures (12)

(see all 12 author pictures)

Improve this author

Combine/separate works

Author division

Rainer Maria Rilke is currently considered a "single author." If one or more works are by a distinct, homonymous authors, go ahead and split the author.

Includes

Rainer Maria Rilke is composed of 35 names. You can examine and separate out names.

Combine with…

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 170,365,611 books! | Top bar: Always visible