Summary of Stanza 1 of the poem Archaic Torso of Apollo. Line-by-line analysis. This week’s poem is a new English translation of Rainer Maria Rilke’s sonnet ” Archäischer Torso Apollos”. “Apollo’s Archaic Torso” is by a. Archaic Torso of ApolloRAINER MARIA RILKE Source for information on Archaic Torso of Apollo: Poetry for Students dictionary.

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Now the writer introduces the word “curve” which most other translators have already kf in describing the torso’s chest.

Joseph Rilke, however, gave his son dumbbells for exercise and toy soldiers to play with. Sculpture had been a formal and decorative art, often taking ancient and monumental figures for its models.

It goes toward it, bespeaks it. Else stood this stone a fragment and defaced, with lucent body from the shoulders falling, too short, not gleaming like a lion’s fell; nor would this star have shaken the shackles achaic, bursting with light, until there is no place that does not see you.

The Archaic Torso of Apollo by Rainer Maria Rilke

Released into the Public Domain. More Texts by Mark If Archaic Torso of Apollo We cannot know his legendary head wherein eye-apples ripened. The current translations are popular, accessible, and retain an underlying Rilke spirit that can still at times intoxicate. In the scenes of their vases … the surroundings … are only mentioned … but the naked human beings are everything, they aplllo like trees bearing fruit … and like springs in which the birds are singing.

Copy, probably after a statue of Onatas from Aegina ca. Otherwise this stone would seem defaced beneath the translucent cascade of the shoulders and would not glisten like a wild beast’s fur: The power of a star is generally self contained.

Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. Topics Poetry Carol Rumens’s poem of the week. It’s time your life must change.

Jacket 36 – Late – Art Beck: And Yet Another Archaic Torso — Why?

It doesn’t matter how many sit-ups you do, you can’t get this line. That same year, Rilke decided to leave the university for Munich, Germany, and later made his first trip to Italy. The kf enstellt and kurz signify “deformed” and “shortened,” as indeed the statue ought to look, being a arcyaic without the upward sweep of a neck meeting a face.


Mark, can you just say a word about the poem as a sonnet? Meyers, Jeffrey, “A Ringing Glass: One poem in which this theme is explicit 2. Rilke wrote in german.

It would take another Rilke to have the skills to tackle it all. Artists find Paris to be a museum of past achievement, and they view New York City and Berlin as centers for innovative art. The poem urges you in the first line to want to become not-you, and then, as if restating the same thing, it says in the last line that the thing you already do want but cannot have is what wants you to become not-you.

And yet his torso is still suffused with brilliance from inside, like a lamp, in which his gaze, now turned to low, gleams in all its power.

Auden argues in a New Republic article. In “Archaic Torso of Apollo,” Rilke does not repeat the word “and” in this manner. It is the product of an encounter between two silences, the silence of the person in quest of truth or authenticity and the silence of the inner, underlying self. In the original German it is, also, a formally well-constructed sonnet. The poet seems to be talking to someone or to a group, as if he were a guide leading a group through a museum and stopping to explain the exhibits.

We never knew his head and all the light that ripened in his fabled eyes. Academy of American Poets Educator Newsletter.

Archaischer Torso Apollos, by Rainer Maria Rilke

In doing so, the speaker realizes that afchaic force of life, with which the god he perceives in the torso is imbued, is his as well as the torso’s. What about the torso or the poem leads to such an exhortation? A work of art, rather than being an object, is an encounter that produces a revelation.


When the poet looks at the torso of Apollo arcaic sees and understands the Greek point of view. This sentence seems to give everyone fits. Meyers also objects to the assessment that Rilke is a poet who exemplifies profound human sensitivity. Once more the speaker is referencing the power of this God, and his statue. That would just mean more of the same.

The artist, in Rilke’s understanding of art, embodies a toro that can enter into the silence of another sensitivity, and then merge with it. These currents give matter its vitality. The “You must change your life” is a statement that is not meant as a command or entreaty. Geopolitical arrangements are undergoing significant change, as the European and North American domination of culture, thought, and politics is being challenged by Islamic cultures, and American technological supremacy is being superseded by advances made in Japan, China, and Korea.

Off a good connection to the Bishop poem, because in both cases the metaphor is an act of inquiry. It was there that he enjoyed his greatest success including his most well known aplolo, Das Studen Buch or The Book of Hours.

First, there’s the head we can’t know, but the head we can’t know has eyes like ripening fruit.

Archaic Torso of Apollo by Rainer Maria Rilke

The Other Part—,” in the NationSeptember 26,pp. If the life of the eyes were not somehow glowing in the trunk, the trunk would not have the power to fascinate the observer.

Otherwise this stone would seem defaced beneath the translucent cascade of the shoulders and would torsp glisten like a wild beast’s fur: Rilke was kind of a composer. Otherwise this stone would seem defaced beneath the translucent cascade of the shoulders and would not glisten like a wild beast’s fur: The painter Rilke most admired.