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Archaic Torso of Apollo Summary

By Rainer Maria Rilke

Archaic Torso of Apollo Summary

"Events" are kind of a non-issue here. Basically, the speaker observes a broken statue of the Greek god Apollo. He describes the dramatic power the ancient statue's headless torso has, even though it's only a fragment, and feels oddly as though the statue is the one looking at him. Deeply moved by this encounter with art, the speaker resolves to change his life.

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