Rainer Maria Rilke
The German poet Rilke, who was born in Prague, is the greatest lyric poet of modern Germany. Rilke's youth at military and business school was not happy. His relations with his father were difficult, and he was able toread more
Stay calm if suddenly
the angel at the table decides
to gently smooth the wrinkles
in the cloth beneath your bread.
You offer your crude food
so that he can taste it in his turn
and raise to his pure lips
a simple everyday glass.
Who wrote comical Latin, Greek and medieval French versions of the popular poems of his day and then would claim the originals were the plagiarisms?Answer
"Father Prout" (Francis Sylvester Mahony) played a number of these types of erudite jokes involving notions of authorship and translation.Previous Trivia Questions