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Stories of God by Rainer Maria Rilke

By Rainer Maria Rilke

Brief tales by means of one of many maximum poets of the twentieth century.

In the interpretation of MD Herter Norton
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Composed in 1899 whilst Rilke was once purely twenty-three, the interconnected stories of "Stories of God" have been encouraged via a visit to Russia the younger poet had made the yr formerly. it really is stated that the vastness of the Russian panorama and the profound spirituality he perceived within the basic humans he met led him to an adventure of discovering God in all issues, and to the conviction that God seeks to be identified via us as passionately as we would search to grasp God. all of the nice subject matters of Rilke's later robust and intricate poetry are available within the "Stories of God," but their fascinating, folktale-like caliber has made them one of the such a lot obtainable of Rilke's works, liked via every age.

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The sculptor worked day and night in a distant studio, and to God came various old memories as he saw this. Had he not still been angry with his hands, he too would surely have begun to make some36 Why God Wants Poor People thing again. But as the day came when the statue that was called Truth was to be carried out to its place in the gar­ dens, where God too could have seen it in its perfection, a great to-do arose, for a commission of city fathers, school­ masters and other influential personalities had demanded that the figure should first be partially clothed, before the public viewed it.

Until one day he got a large letter from the mayor of that town. Then, unasked, he told God everything. He had had no commission for so long. Now, suddenly, he was to make a statue for the public park, and it was to be called: Truth. The sculptor worked day and night in a distant studio, and to God came various old memories as he saw this. Had he not still been angry with his hands, he too would surely have begun to make some36 Why God Wants Poor People thing again. But as the day came when the statue that was called Truth was to be carried out to its place in the gar­ dens, where God too could have seen it in its perfection, a great to-do arose, for a commission of city fathers, school­ masters and other influential personalities had demanded that the figure should first be partially clothed, before the public viewed it.

And ask what God might, the man was in a bad humor and gave no more answer. Until one day he got a large letter from the mayor of that town. Then, unasked, he told God everything. He had had no commission for so long. Now, suddenly, he was to make a statue for the public park, and it was to be called: Truth. The sculptor worked day and night in a distant studio, and to God came various old memories as he saw this. Had he not still been angry with his hands, he too would surely have begun to make some36 Why God Wants Poor People thing again.

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