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Départ (1951) Op. 27 no.5

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Mélodies passagères (Op. 27)


Mon amie, il faut que je parte.
Voulez-vous voir
l’endroit sur la carte?
C’est un point noir.
En moi, si la chose
bien me réussit,
ce sera un point rose
dans un vert pays.


My love, I must leave.
Would you care to see
the place on the map?
It's marked in black.
In me, if things
work out, it will be
a pink mark
in a green land.
Translation © Richard Stokes author of A French Song Companion (Oxford, 2000)

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René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke (4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926), better known as Rainer Maria Rilke, was a Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist. He is "widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets".He wrote both verse and highly lyrical prose. Several critics have described Rilke's work as inherently "mystical". His writings include one novel, several collections of poetry and several volumes of correspondence in which he invokes haunting images that focus on the difficulty of communion with the ineffable in an age of disbelief, solitude and profound anxiety. These deeply existential themes tend to position him as a transitional figure between the traditional and the modernist writers.

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