Rainer Maria Rilke
Rainer Maria Rilke was a Bohemian–Austrian poet and art critic. He is considered one of the most significant poets in the German language.. Bohemian-Austrian poetRilke was the only child of a German-speaking family in Prague, then part of the Austro-Hungarian empire. His father was a retired officer in the Austrian army who worked as a railroad official; his mother, a socially ambitious and possessive woman. At age eleven Rilke began his formal schooling at a military boarding academy, and in 1891, less than a year after transferring to a secondary military school, he was discharged due to health problems, from which he would suffer throughout his life. He immediately returned to Prague, to find that his parents had divorced in his absence. Shortly thereafter he began receiving private instruction toward passing the entrance exams for Prague’s Charles-Ferdinand University. In 1894 his first book of verse,Leben und Lieder: Bilder und Tagebuchblatter, was published.
Before Summer Rain something-you don't know what-has disappeared; you feel it creeping closer to the window in total silence. From the nearby wood you hear the urgent whistling of a plover reminding you of someone's Saint Jerome: so much solitude and passion come from that one voice whose fierce request the downpour will grant. The walls with their ancient portraits glide away from us cautiously as though they weren't supposed to hear what we are saying. And reflected on the faded tapestries now: the chill uncertain sunlight of those long childhood hours when you were so afraid by: Rainer Maria Rilke YOUR FAVOURITE POEM sent in by you, what's yours ?