29. March 2012 · Comments Off on Blake and Nietzsche: Self-annihilation and Self-overcoming · Categories: Society News

The City of Westminster Archives Centre, 10 St. Ann’s Street,
London SW1P 2DE – just off Parliament Square.

A Talk by David Pollard

Yeats, in a letter to Lady Gregory of 1902, wrote: ‘Nietzsche completes
Blake and has the same roots’. They were alike in so many ways. This
talk is a comparison of one of the key elements in their thinking: their
notions of Self-annihilation and Self-overcoming and the dialectical
movement both followed towards the true Jesus, whose energy they both
espoused.

David Pollard was born under the bed in 1942 and has been furniture
salesman, accountant, TEFL teacher and university lecturer. He got his
three degrees from the University of Sussex and has since taught at the
universities of Sussex, Essex and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
He has published The Poetry of Keats: Language and Experience which
was his doctoral thesis, A KWIC Concordance to the Harvard Edition
of Keats’ Letters
, a novel, Nietzsche’s Footfalls, and three volumes of
poetry: Patricides, Risk of Skin and Bedbound (translated into Galician and Spanish). A fourth, Self-Portraits, is forthcoming.

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