- Michael Tanner
‘Prophecy’ deals with Thus Spoke Zarathustra, in which Nietzsche was trying to establish himself as a philosopher-poet. He uses a great deal of imagery and allegory and there are poems, some of which have become famous, and have been employed by many composers, of whom the most successful have been Mahler and Delius. The three major concepts of Zarathustra are introduced — The Übermensch is the meaning of the Earth, the Eternal Recurrence, and the Will to Power (the fundamental reality of existence). The conclusion is that in this book, Nietzsche only drops tantalizing hints, which lay him open to multiple interpretations and misunderstandings.