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Our Tasks

“The tasks that have been entrusted to us are often difficult. Almost everything that matters is difficult and everything matters.” from Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke 1903. (PS When I worked for the US military I … Continue reading

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First Elegy from the Duino Elegies by Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926)

I have always enjoyed the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, though I only read him in translation, especially the marvelous translations of Stephen Mitchell. Here is Stephen’s rendering of the first part of the First Elegy from the Duino Elegies. … Continue reading

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