Saturday, June 18, 2016

"Angel and marionette: then at last there's a show." R.M. Rilke #QotD

Having spent some time last night in a marionette shop, I couldn't help but repeat a few lines from the Fourth Duino Elegy:
When I'm in the humor to watch the marionettes, no,
but to gaze so hard that at last, to balance my gazing,
an angel must come as a player to quicken the puppet.
Angel and marionette: then at last there's a show.
Then is rejoined what we by our being here
have always sundered.
From the Duino Elegies by Rainer Maria Rilke (Trans. C.F. MacIntyre)

Rilke wrote The Duino Elegies (German: Duineser Elegien), a collection of ten elegies begun 1912 while he was a guest of Princess Marie von Thurn und Taxis (1855–1934) at Duino Castle, near Trieste on the Adriatic Sea. The series took nearly 10 years to complete and were dedicated to the the Princess when published in 1923.

Angel from Svatý Josef, Prague

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