Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926) is one of the greatest German-language poets of the twentieth century. Born in Prague, he lived in Italy, Russia, France, Germany and Switzerland. His most famous poems are Sonnets to Orpheus and The Duino Elegies, and in prose he is most remembered for Letters to a Young Poet and The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge. He died of leukemia in Switzerland on 29 December 1926.
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