Songs of Zarathustra

Poetic Perspectives on Nietzsche's Ethics

by Peter Saint-Andre

Last Updated: 2017-06-27

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 The Joyful Learning.

  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. A Questing Courage
  35. Become What You Are
  36. Spirit of Choice
  37. Higher Equation
  38. Amor Fati
  39. Embark!
  40. Looking Back
  41. Hidden Lure
  42. Eternal Recurrence
  43. Spiral
  44. Benediction
  45. Saying Yes
  46. Aubade
  47. The Great Noon
  48. Evening Song
  49. Midnight
  50. The Dawn
  51. Well Constituted
  52. The Noble Soul
  53. My Work
  54. Toward New Seas
  55. The Hammer and the Bell
  56. Unanointed
  57. A Chosen Place
  58. Behold

As I work 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.

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