Foreword: A Note to the Reader

Songs of Zarathustra is a poetic record of my encounter with the ideas of Friedrich Nietzsche.

Do not mistake it for what it is not: this cycle of poems is a work of literary philosophy, not academic scholarship. Each poem presents a highly distilled perspective on passages from Nietzsche's books, which are referenced at the bottom of each page. To understand the poems, it helps to read the original passages — for, as with aphorisms, so also with poems: they require exegesis.

The poems in this book are my own compositions, except for translations of the following poems by Nietzsche himself (printed in italics within the text):

As you read, keep this in mind: a book of poems is like a box of chocolates — best not consumed in one sitting. Read slowly!

(cf. Ecce Homo, Preface, §1; On the Genealogy of Morals, Preface, §8; Daybreak, Preface)

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