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n Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa - Die Wirklichkeit und die Notwendigkeit des Balls
Zu einem Gedicht von Rainer Maria Rilke : teil 2 : allgemeine beitrage
The reality and necessity of the ball. Reflections on a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke
Rilke's Der Ball has often been seen as one of his most characteristic Dinggedichte. This contribution argues that it is not the thing, the ball, which is the subject of the poem, but movement, or even more precisely, the complex moving reality of Bergson, which knows no things, no nouns and no verbs. This places the poem into a context of thinking about reality which is as much influenced by the physics of molecular movement as by the linguistics of the representation of reality. As Heidegger has said about Rilke, however, the poet lives on a different mountain from the philosopher, and so Der Ball is a poem and not a theory, an attempt to formulate that unsayable which Wittgenstein has called Das Mystische.
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