I've discovered the poems of Rilke and I'm in love

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  1. Meee

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    Which would make a nice title for a poem, I think. Anyway, here is an example:

    How shall I hold my soul so it does not
    touch on yours. How shall I lift it
    over you to other things?
    Ah, willingly I’d store it away
    with some lost thing in the dark,
    in some strange still place, that
    does not tremble when your depths tremble.
    But all that touches us, you and me,
    takes us, together, like the stroke of a bow,
    that draws one chord out of the two strings.
    On what instrument are we strung?
    And what artist has us in her hand?
    O sweet song.
     
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    hmmm..... I've never really been a fan of free verse poetry.
     
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    It's a formal poem in the original German:

    Wie soll ich meine Seele halten, daß
    sie nicht an deine rührt? Wie soll ich sie
    hinheben über dich zu andern Dingen?
    Ach gerne möcht ich sie bei irgendwas
    Verlorenem im Dunkel unterbringen
    an einer fremden stillen Stelle, die
    nicht weiterschwingt, wenn deine Tiefen schwingen.

    Doch alles, was uns anrührt, dich und mich,
    nimmt uns zusammen wie ein Bogenstrich,
    der aus zwei Saiten eine Stimme zieht.
    Auf welches Instrument sind wir gespannt?
    Und welcher Geiger hat uns in der Hand?
    O süßes Lied.
     
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    I see; what's the meter of it (I don't speak German very well).

    I love German and Slavic languages.