Songs of Zarathustra

Poetic Perspectives on Nietzsche's Ethics

by Peter Saint-Andre

Last Updated: 2017-04-21

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

Here is a rough outline with early drafts of some poems:

  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. Finding and Losing
  16. The Trinity of Joy
  17. The Work of the Soul
  18. Over Far Seas
  19. Amor Fati
  20. Eternal Recurrence
  21. Spiral
  22. My Work
  23. Become What You Are
  24. Saying Yes
  25. Aubade
  26. The Great Noon
  27. Evening Song
  28. Midnight
  29. The Dawn
  30. Well Constituted
  31. The Noble Soul
  32. The Hammer and the Bell
  33. Unanointed
  34. A Chosen Place
  35. Behold

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 — some of which I might translate for inclusion in this book.

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