Venetian Morning

Rainer Maria Rilke 1875 (Prague) – 1926 (Montreux)



Windows pampered like princes always see
what on occasion deigns to trouble us:
the city that, time and again, where a shimmer
of sky strikes a feeling of floodtide,

takes shape without once choosing to be.
Each new morning must first show her the opals
she wore yesterday, and pull rows
of reflections out of the canal
and remind her of the other times:
only then does she concede and settle in

like a nymph who received great Zeus.
The dangling earrings ring out at her ear;
but she lifts San Giorgio Maggiore
and smiles idly into that lovely thing.

Translated by Edward Snow

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme AXBX AAXXXX XXBX X
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 571
Words 106
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 4, 6, 4, 1

Rainer Maria Rilke

René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke — better known as Rainer Maria Rilke — was a Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist, "widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets", writing in both verse and highly lyrical prose. more…

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