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Nietzsche and the Political (review)

Nietzsche and the Political (review) BOOK REVIEWS 207 Europe. Only through the people calling for a poet can the gods return and interpose themselves between humanity and technology, as Heidegger suggested. Self-criticism is the f itting theme of much of Nietzsche’s poetry, casting doubt on the useful- ness of poetic work. In this respect it is interesting to compare Nietzsche’s “The poet’s profes- sion” with Hölderlin’s “The Poet’s Vocation,” which would indicate that Nietzsche’s earlier views had changed considerably by this time. Hölderlin embraces the theme of the poet as the servant of Bacchus, whereas Nietzsche seems to suggest that his poetry is a dubious habit picked up in youth, which he should have grown out of but enjoys too much. Indeed, his whole rhetoric concerning songs and singing could be an attempt to justify this pleasure. This ambivalence balances the exhortatory nature of much of Nietzsche’s other writing—that which is often found to be “affirmative.” However, I would like to suggest that it is in the poetry that the affirma- tive vision is actually formed. The uncertainty expressed in the poetry, coupled with a certain pleasure at the deprecation of self and other, is a more valid expression of the requirement for hesitancy http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Nietzsche Studies Penn State University Press

Nietzsche and the Political (review)

The Journal of Nietzsche Studies , Volume 35 (1) – Nov 28, 2008

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Abstract

BOOK REVIEWS 207 Europe. Only through the people calling for a poet can the gods return and interpose themselves between humanity and technology, as Heidegger suggested. Self-criticism is the f itting theme of much of Nietzsche’s poetry, casting doubt on the useful- ness of poetic work. In this respect it is interesting to compare Nietzsche’s “The poet’s profes- sion” with Hölderlin’s “The Poet’s Vocation,” which would indicate that Nietzsche’s earlier views had changed considerably by this time. Hölderlin embraces the theme of the poet as the servant of Bacchus, whereas Nietzsche seems to suggest that his poetry is a dubious habit picked up in youth, which he should have grown out of but enjoys too much. Indeed, his whole rhetoric concerning songs and singing could be an attempt to justify this pleasure. This ambivalence balances the exhortatory nature of much of Nietzsche’s other writing—that which is often found to be “affirmative.” However, I would like to suggest that it is in the poetry that the affirma- tive vision is actually formed. The uncertainty expressed in the poetry, coupled with a certain pleasure at the deprecation of self and other, is a more valid expression of the requirement for hesitancy

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The Journal of Nietzsche StudiesPenn State University Press

Published: Nov 28, 2008

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