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which appeared in a magazine, and the Dionysos-Dithyramben. The earliest large selection of his poems, published and hitherto unpublished, appeared in 1898 under the title Gedichte und Sprüche.

2 Nietzsche’s mature poetry is of four distinct kinds. Firstly, there are the brief, rhymed epigrammatic pieces: they make a single point in the fewest possible words, and are in essence a manifestation of the pleasure he always took in expressing himself aphoristically. “My ambition”, he wrote in Twilight of the Idols, “is to say in ten sentences what everyone else says in a book – what everyone else does not say in a book”; and an “unGerman” conciseness and presto is a general characteristic of his style even when he is not writing aphoristically. Here are some examples.


Glattes Eis Ein Paradeis Für den, der gut zu tanzen weiß. For Dancers Slippery ice [is] a paradise for him who knows how to dance well.


Ich muß weg über hundert Stufen, Ich muß empor und hör euch rufen: “Hart bist du! Sind wir denn von Stein?” – Ich muß weg über hundert Stufen, Und niemand möchte Stufe sein. My Kind of Hardness I have to pass over a hundred steps, I have to go up and I hear you cry: “How hard you are! Do you think we’re made of stone?” I have to pass over a hundred steps, and no one wants to be a step.


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