"I told him I'd been reading Rilke - in German"

Public DomainRilke - Credit: unbekannt.
LMS's interest in German/Austrian culture continues, with René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke.

Rilke (1875-1926) bridged the gap between the traditional and the more modernist style of poetry.

 More commonly called Rainer Maria Rilke, he wrote verse in a flowing lyrical style and would be described as a Bohemian–Austrian poet.

His poetry was considered some of the most significant in the German language, although he also wrote 400 poems in French.

'Duino Elegies', 'Letters to a Young Poet' and 'The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge' are amongst Rilke's best known works.