in The Waste Land

The book explores how the egoisms of Max Stirner’s desiring man and Friedrich Nietzsche’s superman have become the formative stuff of the modern human at the terminus of Romanticism, embodied in Eliot's clerk. It looks at Lord Byron’s poetry in The Waste Land, Nietzsche’s creed of the nobles, Darwin’s descent of man and the machine Adam of Futurism. The role of the infamous fragmentation of the poem is examined, with Hermann Hesse’s warning of the downfall of Europe.