The Rainer Maria Rilke Archive

Poetry, Quotations, & Writings

Rainer Maria Rilke

“Let everything happen to you. Beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final.”-Rilke

I discovered Rilke as I was browsing through a used bookstore many years ago, and found a little book called “Letters to a Young Poet”, one of the most beautifully written books in modern literature. To this day Rilke remains one of my favorite poets and I still look to his poems and writings for inspiration, encouragement, and enlightment.

This site started out in 1996, and features a large selection of Rilke’s poetry, prose, and letters by several of my favorite English translators, including Stephen Mitchell, Robert Bly, A. Poulin, and John. J.L. Mood. Please be aware most translated works are copyrighted, however the original german is public domain. ~ R. Lester