Rilke. Where to start? I wish I could read German, that’s one. Here’s a sample of his work in English. Imagine what the original is like.
And we, who have always thought of happiness as rising, would feel the emotion that almost overwhelms us whenever a happy thing falls.”
— Rainer Maria Rilke (Duino Elegies/The Sonnets of Orpheus)
Buy the Duino Elegies/The Sonnets of Orpheus today. This is a dual language version, by the way.
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