This book traces Coleridge's discovery of a Plato marginalised in the universities, and examines his use of German sources on the 'divine philosopher'. It compares Coleridge's figurations of poetic inspiration with models in the Platonic dialogues.
Introduction 1. Plato's 'Dear Gorgeous Nonsense': The 'Wild-minded Disciple of Socrates' 2. Coleridge's Kant: Preparer and Opponent of Platonism 3. The Ancient Quarrel between Poetry and Philosophy 4. Plato in Coleridge's Lectures on the History of Philosophy: Exoteric Lectures, Esoteric Marginalia 5. Restoring Plato's 'System': The Friend and the Opus Maximum 6. Conclusion