Songs of Zarathustra

Poetic Perspectives on Nietzsche's Philosophy of Life

by Peter Saint-Andre

Note: What follows is the first draft of the book, last updated November 21st, 2017. I plan to complete editing and publication of the final version by early 2018.

Although Friedrich Nietzsche is best known for his thunderous pronouncements about the death of god and the eternal recurrence, hidden within his writings is also a wealth of practical wisdom. Songs of Zarathustra condenses the relevant ideas into a cycle of original poems, along with new translations of some of Nietzsche's own verse (marked below with an asterisk). Ordered chronologically from The Birth of Tragedy (1872) through Ecce Homo (1888), these poems track Nietzsche's growth as a thinker. Above all, Songs of Zarathustra presents a fresh, positive perspective on Nietzsche's philosophy and its applications to daily living.

Foreword: A Note to the Reader

  1. Poets' Paradox
  2. Vivo, Ergo Cogito
  3. Nietzsche as Educator
  4. The Great Task
  5. The Free Spirit
  6. Teacher and Student
  7. The Slow Arrow of Beauty
  8. The Archer
  9. The Knower's Song
  10. The Long Conversation
  11. Intellectual Conscience
  12. Future Perfect
  13. A Dialogue between Wanderer and Shadow
  14. Far and Near
  15. Climbing toward Simplicity
  16. The Skeptic Speaks
  17. Finding and Losing
  18. The Trinity of Joy
  19. The Work of the Soul
  20. The Gods Within
  21. A Healthy Distance
  22. Slow Cure
  23. By Circuitous Paths
  24. Brief Wisdom
  25. Over Far Seas
  26. My Happiness *
  27. Follow Me, Follow You *
  28. For Dancers *
  29. Upwards *
  30. Narrow Souls *
  31. Interpretation *
  32. Without Envy *
  33. Acclaim *
  34. Ecce Homo *
  35. A Questing Courage
  36. Become What You Are
  37. Spirit of Choice
  38. Higher Equation
  39. Human, More Than Human
  40. Amor Fati
  41. Embark!
  42. Looking Back
  43. Hidden Lure
  44. Eternal Recurrence
  45. Spiral
  46. Benediction
  47. Aubade
  48. The Great Noon
  49. The Setting Sun
  50. Twilight Dance
  51. Nocturne
  52. Midnight Song
  53. The Dawn
  54. Second Benediction
  55. The Power to Will
  56. Nature's Imperative
  57. The Noble Soul
  58. At the Feet of Dionysus
  59. The Argonaut
  60. Toward New Seas *
  61. Mistral Wind
  62. The Art of Forgetting
  63. The Sovereign Individual
  64. The Will to Power
  65. The Music of the Soul
  66. The Hammer and the Bell
  67. Learning to See
  68. Return to Nature
  69. The Care of the Self
  70. The Masterwork
  71. The Lightning Strike
  72. Ariadne's Requiem
  73. The Testimony of Dionysus

Afterword: For Further Exploration

* translations (all other poems are original)

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