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In this, his first book, Nietzsche developed a way of thinking about the arts that unites the Greek gods Apollo and Dionysus as the central symbol of human existence. Although tragedy serves as the focus of this work, music, visual art, dance, and the other arts can also be viewed using Nietzsche's analysis and integration of the Apollonian and the Dionysian. The Birth of Tragedy stands alongside Aristotle's Poetics as an essential work for all who seek to understand poetry and its relationship to human life.
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- Anonymous User
Don't read this one first
If you want to learn a bit of Nietzsche, listen to 'Beyond Good and Evil' or 'A Genealogy of Morals' first rather than this one. They're much sharper and make points worth mulling over, adapting or arguing against with some level of seriousness.
I found the writing styles of The Death of Tragedy and also Thus Spoke Zarathustra to be difficult to follow, and I was often shrugging or dismissing at the end of sections. Perhaps the adequately prepared would gain more insight from this, but don't go in cold.
- Tim Parsons
the narrator was good but the content...zzzzz... oh! was..zzzzz... oh! uh... something to be desired