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 at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has written books on Keats and has published 4 volumes of poetry. He has also been published in other volumes and in learned journals and poetry magazines.
Keats is foremost among the English poets who gives utterance to the poets’ experience with language and with no understanding of this, much of his poetic output remains a mystery.
This is the first study of Keats to do real justice to him as both poet and philosopher.
Pollard's work shows an explosive, protean diversity, a polyphonic way of showing how harmony enriches by dividing into different voices. Styles here bounce off each other as if fighting for possession. He displays an uncanny ability to let words collide so as to interrupt their sense, only then to renew their saying power somewhere beyond the limit of fixed speech.
Nietzsche spent the last decade of his life mad in rooms above the archive created by his sister, turning him into a part of Nazi mythology. This book traces the roots that made this possible. It traces Nietzsche’s relationship with Wagner and his sister, his thoughts on Germany and Judaism and women. It is a meditation on how thought can be inverted during the posthumous existence of its writer.