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Rilke, Rainer Maria - 25 Fifth Elegy



Type of spiritual experience


Oksana Yambykh, Chess Queens

A description of the experience

Duino Elegies – Rainer Maria Rilke [The Fifth Elegy]

Squares: O square in Paris, endless show-place,
where the milliner, Madame Lamort,
winds and twists the restless trails of the earth,
endless ribbons, into new
bows, frills, flowers, rosettes, artificial fruits – all
falsely coloured, - for winter’s
cheap hats of destiny.

The source of the experience

Rilke, Rainer Maria

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