Songs of Zarathustra

Poetic Perspectives on Nietzsche's Philosophy of Life

by Peter Saint-Andre

Last Updated: 2017-10-17

Songs of Zarathurstra is a cycle of philosophical poems presenting a fundamentally positive perspective on Friedrich Nietzsche's philosophy of life. Each poem comments on passages or sentiments expressed in Nietzsche's writings; furthermore, sprinkled throughout the cycle are original translations of some of Nietzsche's own poems. All of these are ordered chronologically from The Birth of Tragedy (1872) through his final works (composed in 1888) to elucidate Nietzsche's growth as a thinker.

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

While I'm working through Nietzsche's writings for a third time, I'm also keeping notes on topics I'd like to cover, poems of Nietzsche's I'd like to translate, drafts of original poems, and the like. The chronology might also be helpful.

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