Rainer Maria Rilke

Bohemian-Austrian, 1875 - 1926

Rainer Maria Rilke has been called “one of the most lyrically intense” poets of the German language. He was born in Prague and traveled extensively throughout Europe but felt the greatest affinity to Switzerland, whose landscapes inspired many of his works. The twelve books that Rilke published in his lifetime remain among the best-selling books of poetry in the United States.