Thursday, February 19, 2009

Seventh Elegy, details

David Young, the translator to the copy of Duino Elegies that I have used, writes that the Seventh Elegy is about life-acceptance. '...and the poem performs a kind of backward somersault into a beautiful image of a summer dawn...And we are the ones who learn how to love and celebrate the visible,"to transform it within".

Rilke writes:

...don't let your cry
be a wooing cry
even though it could be
as pure as a bird's
that the season lifts up
as she herself rises...

and continues

...Like him you want
to call forth a still
invisible mate
a silent listener
in whom a reply
slowly awakens...