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German Poetry: Reading Rainer M Rilke in German and English by Student

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Uploaded on Jan 15, 2011

I am making these videos just to practice my German, and hopefully someone can give me some guidance on doing a German accent.

Opfer
O wie blüht mein Leib aus jeder Ader
duftender, seitdem ich dich erkenn;
sieh, ich gehe schlanker und gerader,
und du wartest nur-: wer bist du denn?

Sieh: ich fühle, wie ich mich entferne,
wie ich Altes, Blatt um Blatt, verlier.
Nur dein Lächeln steht wie lauter Sterne
über dir und bald auch über mir.

Alles was durch meine Kinderjahre
namenlos noch und wie Wasser glänzt,
will ich nach dir nennen am Altare,
der entzündet ist von deinem Haare
und mit deinen Brüsten leicht bekränzt.
Victims

O blooms like my body from each core
fragrant, since I see;
Look, I'm slim and straight,
and you just wait: who are you?

Look: I feel like I move away,
I like old, leaf by leaf, lose.
Only your smile is like so many stars
about you and me soon.

Everything from my childhood
nameless and still shines like water,
I will call for you at the altar
is ignited by your hair
crowned and easily with your breasts.

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