By Friedrich Nietzsche
R. J. Hollingdale’s choice constructions Nietzsche’s writings in keeping with topic to provide the fullest attainable experience of the intensity and scope of this outstanding writer.
The literary profession of Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900) spanned lower than two decades, yet no quarter of highbrow inquiry used to be left untouched by way of his iconoclastic genius. The thinker who introduced the demise of God within the homosexual technology (1882) and went directly to problem the Christian code of morality in past sturdy and Evil (1886), grappled with the elemental problems with the human situation in his personal severe autobiography, Ecce Homo (1888). such a lot infamous of all, might be, his suggestion of the triumphantly transgressive übermann (‘superman’) is constructed within the severe, but poetic phrases of hence Spake Zarathustra (1883–92). no matter if addressing traditional Western philosophy or breaking new flooring, Nietzsche greatly prolonged the bounds of nineteenth-century suggestion.
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An ideal-inspiring figure like Dante’s Beatrice” (133). Marie’s impact on the speaker, then, is the telling point. Here he is not a Prufrock, whose inner thoughts admit no silence or stillness, but descend finally into darkness, drowning. Nor is the narrator a Dante at this point, taking a journey focused on his soul’s salvation. Nevertheless, the result of his encounter with Marie is strikingly similar to Dante’s vision of Beatrice in the Paradiso when she looks on him with eyes filled with divine love, and he stands before her oblivious to all else, his eyes downcast (Canto IV, Eliot, Selected Essays, 226).
Significantly, unlike Frankl’s “saints,” however, Yeats’s “best” people are but weak shadows of goodness, for they “lack all conviction,” having no moral or ethical moorings, no ground on which to stand. Set as foils to these ineffectual “best” people are “the worst,” who are filled with “passionate intensity,” their passion and ferocity sharply focused on the destruction of all that is good. Yeats’s scenario, therefore, depicts the fulfillment of the Nietzschean prophecy of a catastrophe encroaching on civilization with the advent of nihilism and the deaths of Christianity and morality.
Unlike Georgie, Maud has not prospered, having made an unfortunate choice in marrying the abusive John MacBride and having become embittered by her political activism. Neither Maud’s great beauty nor her 18 Chapter One keen mind has brought her fulfillment. Therefore, Yeats prays that his daughter may be like her gracious mother rather than this woman, whose life has been so full of strife and hatred: “If there’s no hatred in a mind/Assault and battery of the wind/Can never tear the linnet from the leaf” (stanza 7, ll.