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Archaic Torso Of Apollo

Rainer Maria Rilke

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The use of the word, "here"
Added by: Kathy Dancer
I have read three translations of this most wonderful poem, and find that the word, "here" in the phrase, "for here there is no spot that does not see you. . . . I find the translation with the word, "here", ommitted, to be more in the intention of the author, since it's meaning, I believe, is that we cannot hide who we are. The use of, "here" , gives the impression of a specific place, ie, in this place you can be seen. Where would this place be? History? A museum? I don't think so, I think the author meant that there is no hiding place, ever. Thank you.
The usage of "here"
Added by: Adam P
In response to the last comment, I'd like to say that the word "here" does in fact fit in. I think the confusion that the previous commenter had was with what "here" referred to, which is not the museum, but instead the very torso of Apollo.

"For here there is no place / that cannot see you. You must..." equals "For (in this well-cut stone emblematic of the classical ideal of artistic perfection and striving) there is no place / that cannot see you. You must..."

Hope this clears things up a bit.
more heresay
Added by: z foley
i thinks it's great that one word can have such different meaning for each reader. there is not a 'correct' interpretation. to me, the word "here" refers to a level of awareness, a deep communion with a work of art- a place where we are totally vulnerable,
where insight is attained.
Added by: Denise Dabrowski
read side by side with Lying In A Hammock At William Duffy's Farm In Pine Island, Minnesota by James Wright
Added by: Darren La Salle
This has always been my favorite poem. To me it starts out about a broken sculpture. However Rilke begins to IMAGINE; he envisions the whole where there is only parts. This imagining gets transferred to his life. When he goes inside himself to imagine the missing pieces of the sculpture, he encounters his deepest self. I believe that once you encounter yourself in truth and honesty that is when there is no place that does not see you. And this true honest voice is saying...You must change your life. Perhaps to put together a life that is broken.

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