New poems of Rainer Maria Rilke in rhymed translation by Leonard Cottrell

The poems are shown in tandem English/German format. Most are from Rilke's 1907 and 1908 "New Poems" series.

Bread and Wine



Lady in a Mirror

Mohammed's Summoning


The Donor

The Gardens V. (Marble Gods)

The Last Judgment

The Lute

The Panther

The Stylite

The Temptation


Pont du Carousel*

translations © 1995,1999,2001 Leonard Cottrell

*these two are earlier poems, not from the New Poems series.

Many of the translations first appeared in the Monadnock Review. Some have been revised since their first publication. Raymond Oliver, a linguist and expert in rhymed verse translation, provided generous help with many of them.

The New Poems series was published by Rilke in two volumes: Neue Gedichte 1907, and Der neuen Gedichte anderen Teil 1908.