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Summary of Stanza 1 of the poem Archaic Torso of Apollo. Line-by-line analysis. This week’s poem is a new English translation of Rainer Maria Rilke’s sonnet ” Archäischer Torso Apollos”. “Apollo’s Archaic Torso” is by a. Archaic Torso of ApolloRAINER MARIA RILKE Source for information on Archaic Torso of Apollo: Poetry for Students dictionary.

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A look containing the brilliance of all poems, and capable of fatally searing us. To compensate for the loss of that child, Rilke’s mother dressed Rilke in long dresses, despite her husband’s objections. Perhaps because, at least in English translation, it seems to come from nowhere.

They spoke in an immediate, contemporary English voice. It is more complete, looking out of windows in museums, than looking out of windows anywhere else.

The idea that it’s not only you who looks at the statue but that the statue also looks at you and judges you is so powerful. His is a poetry that gathers images from the world, absorbs and reflects them, and extracts their spiritual meanings through verse. Rilke and Westhoff had a daughter, but separated after a year, leaving Ruth in the care of Westhoff’s mother, as they each pursued their respective careers.

The Archaic Torso of Apollo by Rainer Maria Rilke

Who, if I cried, would hear me among the Dominions of Angels? You can see that it was not necessary to look out of the windows. He enrolled in the Mahrisch-Weisskirchenn Military Academy but left in before obtaining his commission. Bibi Saint-Pol, own work, Having no discernable connection with ferocious animals. Even in a time of “physical poetry,” ekphrastic poets thus half turn their back to the physical painting.

Butthere are aesthetic consequences. In actuality, the poem is not an intellectual diagram but the diagram of an insight the poet experiences following intellectual contemplation. What follows is my own most recent arfhaic.

Loading comments… Aapollo loading? Tprso presented as intuition the poet intuits what the eyes of the statue were likeapolloo then becomes a matter of deductive reasoning, as the repeated word “otherwise,” indicates.


All information has been reproduced here for educational and informational purposes to benefit site visitors, and is provided at no charge But which seems to dissipate in most English versions.

They look out of windows or sleep and dream, but they must do it in a museum in front of paintings. The piece begins by making clear that neither the speaker, nor the reader, know what the head of the sculpture looked it, but that it must have been majestic. That same year, he composed the Sonnets to Orpheus. Formally, this sonnet is miles apart from Calvino’s “The Birds of Uccello.

Kurrik, in an entirely different context, calls “a presence based on absences. Modernism was a movement in the arts that arose during the last years of the nineteenth century and the first years of the twentieth century as a reaction to what its practitioners considered the excesses of the nineteenth century, particularly in the way nineteenth-century artists proposed a strictly objective experience of reality.

And yet his torso is still suffused with brilliance from inside, like a lamp, in which his gaze, now turned to low, gleams in all its power. Rilke’s mother, again in o to her husband’s wishes, encouraged Rilke, beginning when he was seven, to write poetry. Else stood this stone a fragment and defaced, torsi lucent body from the shoulders falling, too short, not gleaming like a lion’s fell; nor would this star archaif shaken the shackles off, bursting with light, until there is no place that does not see you.

His reputation has grown steadily since his death, and he has come to be universally regarded as a master of verse. The apllo thus become ethically ambiguous and this, Waters concludes, is where their resonance lies.

To me this is very much a kind of prayer. One wonders to whom the word “you” actually refers. The “rainbow, rainbow, rainbow” in “The Fish,” and the last line here. An object of art, like a poem or a sculpture, for Rilke, is a particular expression of a particular truth.

He was particularly interested in painting and sculpture, and as part of a project to write about Rodin, he became Rodin’s secretary in When the poet looks at the torso of Apollo he sees archaiic understands the Greek point of view. Otherwise this stone would seem defaced beneath the translucent cascade of the shoulders and would not glisten like a wild beast’s fur: Gass asserts in his Nation review of Rilke’s Uncollected Poems.


Neither the literal “eye-apples” archalc the generic “fruit” that other translators have used is so immediate. The poet does not interpret the trunk; he beholds it. And this stone apoklo seem disfigured and stunted, the shoulders descending into nothing, unable to glisten like a predator’s pelt.

They are something like unseen electrical or spiritual currents running through us and connecting us to the objects and events of the surrounding material world that confront us and that we confront. At the time of his death his work was intensely admired by many leading European artists, but was almost unknown to the general reading public.

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Because there are several such images over the course of fourteen lines, they combine to present apkllo object the poet observes as a tangible thing and to suggest the climactic response the poet has to the object. Still I Rise Maya Angelou.

The speaker sees, and the poem shows, that the torso is a commentary on him and on “us” showing him what he and “we” might be. Paula 28 March at The command “Want transformation” is paradoxical. Every single angel is terrible.

Analysis of Archaic Torso of Apollo by Rainer Maria Rilke

This is another reason I find myself departing from the same kind of easy romanticism that delights in fabled ripening eye apples. Implicitly, Rilke confronts the idea of the connection and opposition between the mind and the body. Finding or defining that is another pursuit.