Songs of Zarathustra

Poetic Perspectives on Nietzsche's Ethics

by Peter Saint-Andre

Last Updated: 2017-05-26

This work in progress will be a cycle of philosophical poems, presenting my perspective that Nietzsche described a fundamentally positive approach to living.

Although didactic poetry is out of style, it has a long history as a form of philosophical explanation and exploration; outstanding examples include The Nature of Things by Lucretius and the several hundred poems that Nietzsche himself wrote over the last twenty years of his active life.

What follows is a rough outline, with early drafts of poems and translations covering The Birth of Tragedy through Daybreak.

  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 Long Conversation
  10. Intellectual Conscience
  11. Future Perfect
  12. Far and Near
  13. A Dialogue between Wanderer and Shadow
  14. Climbing toward Simplicity
  15. The Skeptic Speaks
  16. Finding and Losing
  17. The Trinity of Joy
  18. The Work of the Soul
  19. The Gods Within
  20. A Healthy Distance
  21. Slow Cure
  22. By Circuitous Paths
  23. Brief Wisdom
  24. Over Far Seas
  25. Follow Me, Follow You
  26. For Dancers
  27. Upwards
  28. Interpretation
  29. Without Envy
  30. Acclaim
  31. Spirit of Choice
  32. Higher Equation
  33. Amor Fati
  34. Eternal Recurrence
  35. Spiral
  36. Toward New Seas
  37. My Work
  38. Become What You Are
  39. Saying Yes
  40. Aubade
  41. The Great Noon
  42. Evening Song
  43. Midnight
  44. The Dawn
  45. Well Constituted
  46. The Noble Soul
  47. The Hammer and the Bell
  48. Unanointed
  49. A Chosen Place
  50. Behold

As I work through Nietzsche's works 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, and the like.

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