Songs of Zarathustra

Poetic Perspectives on Nietzsche's Philosophy of Life

by Peter Saint-Andre

Last Updated: 2017-08-23

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 into Thus Spoke Zarathustra.

  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. Toward New Seas
  47. Benediction
  48. Aubade
  49. The Great Noon
  50. The Setting Sun
  51. Twilight Dance
  52. Nocturne
  53. Midnight Song
  54. The Dawn
  55. Second Benediction
  56. The Power to Will
  57. The Will to Power
  58. The Noble Soul
  59. The Hammer and the Bell
  60. Unanointed
  61. A Chosen Place
  62. 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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