24. Romanticism, Gnosticism, and Neoplatonism

  1. Charles Mahoney Associate Professor of English
  1. Laura Quinney Professor of English

Published Online: 3 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444390650.ch24

A Companion to Romantic Poetry

A Companion to Romantic Poetry

How to Cite

Quinney, L. (2010) Romanticism, Gnosticism, and Neoplatonism, in A Companion to Romantic Poetry (ed C. Mahoney), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444390650.ch24

Editor Information

  1. University of Connecticut, USA

Author Information

  1. Brandeis University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 MAY 2012
  2. Published Print: 26 NOV 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405135542

Online ISBN: 9781444390650



  • Romanticism, Gnosticism and Neoplatonism;
  • Romantic Platonism, a significant topic - in the early to mid twentieth;
  • Coleridge and Shelley, and Thomas Taylor's work - translating all dialogues into English;
  • three “isms,”Platonism, Neoplatonism and Gnosticism - not identical, barely making sense in treating them as one coherent source;
  • Neoplatonism, arguably - having more sophisticated philosophical breadth;
  • Neoplatonism, same atmosphere of cultural anxiety - coming out of Hellenistic academy;
  • particular strain of Platonism, Neoplatonism and Gnosticism - their shared concept of exile of soul;
  • “supra-mundane,” meaning “transcendent” - connection with Romantic poetry, coming clear;
  • Blake, delighting in Neoplatonic passages in the Ode;
  • other Gnostic image, important to his psychology - flip side of evil Demiurge, the lonely soul embedded in a malign creation


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  • References and Further Reading