Questions tagged [rainer-maria-rilke]

Questions about the poet and novelist Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 – 1926) and his works. His most notable works include 'The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge' (1910) and the 'Duino Elegies'.

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What does Rainer Maria Rilke mean by "the small things hardly noticeable"?

I lit upon this quote on p. 108 in National Geographic's photo book Sublime Nature. Goodreads has it. “If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, ...
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What does "Fills now my cup" mean?

In Rilke's poem "Pietà", there is this sentence: Fills now my cup, and past thought is my fulness thereof. I harden as a stone sets hard at its heart. What does "Fills now my cup"...
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Rilke's quotation by Jim Harrison

Jim Harrison likes to quote Rilke's "Beware, o wanderer, the road is walking too." Does anybody know where it comes from?
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Where did Rilke say or write "The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things"?

The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things. This quote is widely attributed to the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke, but I cannot find the source. Where did he say or write ...