“Indeed, at hearing the news that ‘the old god is dead’, we philosophers and ‘free spirits’ feel illuminated by a new dawn; our heart overflows with gratitude, amazement, forebodings, expectation – finally the horizon seems clear again, even if not bright; finally our ships may set out again, set out to face any danger; every daring of the lover of knowledge is allowed again; the sea, our sea, lies open again; maybe there has never been such an ‘open sea’.” Nietzsche
And I, unfaithful, yearned and sorrowed
And, filled with the poetic impulse,
Abandoned without need
My native haunts.
But my heart sensed a language that
My ears could not hear – in solitude;
And in belated tenderness
I returned – and understood.
(Aleksander Blok – 9 June 1901)