The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge

Rainer Maria Rilke is one of the more influential poets of the last century. Writing in German, his verse is lyrically intense and often mysterious. Critically Rilke is best considered a strong influence moving away from the traditional into the modernist forms of poetry and prose where introspection and critical observation began to supplant the traditional themes and techniques. Rilke wrote only one novel, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge.

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“Fears” of Malte Laurids Brigge

I am lying-in my bed five flights up, and my day, which nothing interrupts, is like a clock-face without hands. As something that has been lost for a long time reappears one morning in its old place, safe and sound, almost newer than when it vanished, just as if someone had been taking care of it—: so, here and there on my blanket, lost feelings out of my childhood lie and are like new. All the lost fears are here again.

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