Make speech confusing extremists with inspiring figure (5)
I believe the answer is:
'inspiring figure' is the definition.
(muse of poetry in Greek mythology)
I don't understand how the remainder of the clue works.
Can you help me to learn more?
(Other definitions for erato that I've seen before include "Arts patron" , "verses she inspired" , "goddess" , "One of nine" , "Inspiring female" .)