Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects

Department

English

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

The poetry of John Keats, a Romantic Era poet who lived from 1795 to 1821, has been widely studied, but most critics have dismissed his use of drugs, specifically opium, to alter his writing. This thesis looks at the scientific effects of opium along with personal accounts of the drug’s use and combines such an investigation with a close reading of Keats’s later poetry to determine what effects opium may have had upon his writing style and content. Particular areas of poetic content include Keats’s sensory imagery and dream-state references.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Dr. Walker Rutledge, Dr. Rob Hale, Dr. Christopher Keller

Disciplines

English Language and Literature

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