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On the Seventh Solitude

Endless Becoming and Eternal Return in the Poetry of Friedrich Nietzsche


Rohit Sharma

Much as Nietzsche has gained in popularity during the last century, his poetry still has not received the scholarly attention it deserves. On closer scrutiny, his aposiopetic style, along with the labyrinthine and self-referential nature of his writings, subtly hint toward the recurring and parallel presence of poetry in his writings. This fact cannot be ignored, and his poetry should therefore be included in any reading of Nietzsche. This study investigates Nietzsche’s poetic output while simultaneously regarding him as a poet-philosopher. This reading allows juxtaposing all Nietzschean key concepts while avoiding the temptation to simplify Nietzsche by centering his thought on any particular one. The author ends by highlighting a hitherto neglected term that allows a simultaneous reading of Nietzschean keywords while also including the essential notions of movement, flux, and play.
Contents: The debate between poetry and philosophy – Reading Nietzsche as a poet-philosopher – Recognizing aposiopesis and self-referentiality in Nietzsche’s style – Illustrating polysemy in Nietzsche’s works through a reading of his poems – Identifying the notion of movement in its many avatars – Identifying Seventh Solitude.