Austro-German poet Rainer Maria Rilke.

Rainer Maria Rilke

(1875 - 1926)

Rainer Maria Rilke published his first collection of poetry in 1894, dropped out of a Prague university in 1896, and met Leo Tolstoy in Russia in 1900. Later, he suffered from a thirteen-year period of writer’s block before, in a weeklong burst of creativity in 1922, he completed his Duino Elegies and wrote his fifty-five-poem cycle, Sonnets to Orpheus. He died four years later at the age of fifty-one.

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Just as language no longer has anything in common with the thing it names, so the movements of most of the people who live in cities have lost their connection with the earth; they hang, as it were, in the air, hover in all directions, and find no place where they can settle.

—Rainer Maria Rilke, 1903

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