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. Upwards *
  30. Narrow Souls *
  31. Interpretation *
  32. Without Envy *
  33. Acclaim *
  34. Ecce Homo *
  35. Pine and Lightning *
  36. A Questing Courage
  37. Become What You Are
  38. Spirit of Choice
  39. Higher Equation
  40. Human, More Than Human
  41. Amor Fati
  42. Embark!
  43. Looking Back
  44. Hidden Lure
  45. Eternal Recurrence
  46. Spiral
  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. Nature's Imperative
  58. The Noble Soul
  59. At the Feet of Dionysus
  60. The Argonaut
  61. Toward New Seas *
  62. Mistral Wind
  63. The Art of Forgetting
  64. The Sovereign Individual
  65. The Will to Power
  66. The Music of the Soul
  67. The Hammer and the Bell
  68. Learning to See
  69. Return to Nature
  70. The Care of the Self
  71. The Masterwork
  72. The Lightning Strike
  73. Ariadne's Requiem
  74. The Testimony of Dionysus

Afterword: For Further Exploration

* translations (all other poems are original)

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