René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke (4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926) was a Bohemian–Austrian poet. He is one of the most significant poets in the German language. He wrote in both verse and a highly lyrical prose. Among English-language readers, his best-known work is the Duino Elegies; his two most famous prose works are the Letters to a Young Poet and the semi-autobiographical Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge.

I have an inner self of which I was ignorant.