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If someone could point out a specific meaning in Duino Elegies what would it tell us If someone say without a doubt what Duino Elegies is about what would they say They might say life they might say death or they might say neither In either case they would probably be right for Duino Elegies touches upon not only life and death but many others things having to do with human existence such as love change loss and pain It searches not only for the meaning of life that would be trivial in comparison but it searches also for the meaning of death love nature and in a sense creation in itself A book of poetry spanning the length of ten years Duino Elegies is considered by many to be a masterpiece Rilke began Duino Elegies at Duino castle in 1912 It was here that he heard those unforgettable opening line to his first elegy If I cried out who would here me up there among the angelic ordersDuino Elegies and it was in Muzot Switzerland that he finally finished the tenth elegy some ten years later in 1922 Rilke spent a good deal of his life writing this poetry and it is reflected in the poetry itself as he examines both his own life and the death that awaits all Only halfway through the first elegy and Rilke hits upon death he has cried out to the angels and found them lacking and unable to help for they themselves do not always seem to know whether they are walking among the land of the living or the dead the hero survives Even his ruin is only another excuse to continue a final birth But nature exhausted takes lovers back into herself as if she couldnt accomplish that kind of vitality twiceDuino Elegies But he respects death and sometimes he is defensive
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