- I must admit I'd forgotten The Birth of Tragedy is mostly an enquiry into *pessimism* -- as a cultural constant, underneath all the throbbing beauty, the pomp. Brings me back to my intuitions at @britishmuseum recently https://t.co/GUiR6Pc8CB You never open a book by accident! https://t.co/kFPNMUfqdF
Presents an argument for the necessity for art in life. This book is based on the author's enthusiasms for Greek tragedy, for the philosophy of Schopenhauer and for the music of Wagner. It outlines a distinction between two central forces: the Apolline, representing beauty and order, and the Dionysiac, a primal or ecstatic reaction to the sublime.