Songs of Zarathustra

Poetic Perspectives on Nietzsche's Philosophy of Life

by Peter Saint-Andre

Songs of ZarathustraAlthough Friedrich Nietzsche is best known for his thunderous pronouncements about the death of god and the will to power, hidden within his writings is also a wealth of practical wisdom. Songs of Zarathustra condenses the heart of Nietzsche's ideas into a cycle of original poems, along with new translations of some of Nietzsche's own verse (marked below with an asterisk). Ordered chronologically from The Birth of Tragedy (1872) through Ecce Homo (1888), these poems track Nietzsche's growth as a thinker and writer. Above all, Songs of Zarathustra presents a fresh, positive perspective on Nietzsche's philosophy and its applications to living a full human life.

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Foreword: A Note to the Reader

  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. Interpretation *
  30. Without Envy *
  31. Acclaim *
  32. Ecce Homo *
  33. Pine and Lightning *
  34. A Questing Courage
  35. Become What You Are
  36. Spirit of Choice
  37. Higher Equation
  38. Human, More Than Human
  39. Amor Fati
  40. Embark!
  41. Looking Back
  42. Hidden Lure
  43. Eternal Recurrence
  44. Spiral
  45. Benediction
  46. Aubade
  47. The Great Noon
  48. The Setting Sun
  49. Twilight Dance
  50. Nocturne
  51. Midnight Song
  52. The Dawn
  53. Second Benediction
  54. The Power to Will
  55. Nature's Imperative
  56. The Noble Soul
  57. At the Feet of Dionysus
  58. The Argonaut
  59. Toward New Seas *
  60. Mistral Wind
  61. The Art of Forgetting
  62. The Sovereign Individual
  63. The Will to Power
  64. The Music of the Soul
  65. The Hammer and the Bell
  66. Learning to See
  67. Return to Nature
  68. The Care of the Self
  69. The Masterwork
  70. The Lightning Strike
  71. Ariadne's Requiem
  72. The Testimony of Dionysus

Afterword: For Further Exploration

* translations of poems by Nietzsche (all other poems are original)

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