The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke Character Descriptions

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Narrator

This character is a literary device and provides a fulcrum to the poetry itself.

Orpheus

This character appears in Sonnets and lived in Greece as a famed musician.

dear girl

This character is described in relation to her own blood and natural rhythm in describing her mimics menstruation.

Women

This character comes from the book Appendix to Duino Elegies, and, when the character is mentioned, the author also mentions equality.

King Augustus

This character is referred to in an elegy and is nicknamed "the Strong."

Angel

This character appears in an elegy and is seen as having healing powers.

Children

These characters are referred to in the poem "The Gazelle" and "Before Summer Rain."

Rainer Maria Rilke

This person drops the mask of narrative voice and acts within the narrative himself.

Rilke's Father

This person is a poetic portrait and wears a military uniform.

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