This book describes the development of Goethe's collection of poetry Gott und Welt from 1798 to 1827 and sees it as a long poem on nature. It provides important points about Goethe's engagement with Immanuel Kant's philosophy at the end of the eighteenth century.
Introduction 1. 1798–1806: The first Poems on Nature in the Heyday of German Idealism Idealism 2. 1814–1815: The Poetic Rebirth in the Divan Years 3. 1817–21: Writing the Life of a Poet and Scientist 4. 1827: Defining a Morphology of Poetry 5. 1836 and 1890: What Happened to Gott und Welt 6. Conclusion