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  • adj. Of or pertaining to Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926), Bohemian–Austrian poet regarded as a transitional figure between the traditional and modernist poets.


Rilke +‎ -an (Wiktionary)


  • And then, sometime in college, the Rilkean decision to commit my life to writing, come hell or high water.

    The Caged Tulip | Goblin Mercantile Exchange

  • Kohler's excavations are a kind of neo-Rilkean Journal of his other Self/book, replacing the objective with the subjective, the public with the private, the innocent with the guilty, the carefully reasoned causes of history with the shape-shifting meanderings of his burrowing into Self, into women, with the Holocaust as host and every man a meanie, fascists of the heart.

    What's Eating William Gass?

  • When I got home tonight, there was another poem waiting, another little accidental Rilkean rain gem from my 3 and 3/4-year-old.

    'cause weird lover wilde is on mine

  • Unfair, of course, yet even the most loyal Rilkean will find it difficult to suppress an acknowledging smile.

    Letters from the Heights

  • Blechman pooh-poohs the Rilkean test Ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night:

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  • Baer echoes his own experience as an archival researcher (briefly touched upon at the end of his essay), tumbling first into the traumatic past found in the letters between Hannah Arendt and Gershom Scholem, which he abandoned in favor of the "Rilkean archives of transcendence and joy."


  • * The Cocteau Twins song “Rilkean Heart”, on the 1996 album Milk and Kisses, is an homage to Jeff Buckley who was a lifelong lover of Rilke’s work.

    rainer maria rilke | the notebooks of malte laurids brigge « poetry dispatch & other notes from the underground

  • Blechman pooh-poohs the Rilkean test "Ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night:

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