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Rainer Maria Rilke (4 December 1875 29 December 1926) is generally considered the German language's greatest 20th century poet. Though he never found a consistent verse form, his haunting images tend to focus on the problems of Christianity in an age of disbelief, solitude, and profound anxiety. He is generally placed in the school of modernist poets, though his religious dilemmas may set him apart from some of his peers.

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Portrait by Paula Modersohn-Becker, 1906
Portrait by Paula Modersohn-Becker, 1906
Original by Emil Orlik, 1917
Street sign in Ronda, Spain.
Portrait by Paula Modersohn-Becker, 1906
Portrait by Paula Modersohn-Becker, 1906
Original by Emil Orlik, 1917
Street sign in Ronda, Spain.

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