Rilke on Gaga

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So, let's talk about Lady Gaga. She has a German poem tattooed on her Iggy Pop-side arm (which is the left one) and it goes like this (line break follows tattoo calligraphy):

Prüfen Sie, ob er in der tiefsten Stelle Ihres
Herzens seine Wurzeln ausstreckt, gestehen
Sie sich ein, ob Sie sterben müßten, wenn es Ihnen
versagt würde zu schreiben. Muss ich schreiben?

It is by Austrian poetrist Rainer Maria Rilke and the tattoo-studio Three Tides in Osaka, Japan.

My favorite blog for applicated poetry Doktor Fausti Weheklag und Höllenfahrt posted an article on this tattoo, this poem, this writer and Lady Gaga, German magazine Titanic, Sister Act, mistranslations and some other corresponding topics.

Doktor Fausti Weheklag und Höllenfahrt: Wenn es Ihnen versagt würde to translate

Image by English: Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer (Flickr) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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