- Aull, Felice
- Date of entry: Jun-08-1997
The poem, written in German, appears in both German and English in this and other versions. Those who understand German may feel that something has been lost in translation, inevitable for rhyming poetry. Nevertheless the "endless outcry" of isolation and bitterness is well expressed. This blind man is totally unresigned to his condition; "every day I despair." He feels himself uniquely cursed. He mocks those who are sighted for believing that THEY might be special and he is contemptuous of any kindness shown him: no one can understand how he feels.
Translated by Stephen Mitchell. From The Book of Pictures (1902; 1906).
The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke
Random House: Vintage