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Rilke's French Poems

31 January 2018

The site now contains a small selection of Rilke’s French poems created during the last four years of his life, after the Duino Elegies and the Sonnets to Orpheus, an expression of gratitude to the landscape of the Valais in Switzerland, which he felt had made the completion of the former works possible. Quiet but subtle, these poems communicate his deep love of the French language, and provide silvery echoes of the elegies and sonnets, ‘in a borrowed tongue’.