Date of Award
Honors Thesis (Colby Access Only)
Colby College. English Dept.
In this paper, I propose that Keats's aspirations into the world of the privileged were futile, for in the course of his struggle, Keats's attempt to transcend the social class structure culminated only in personal frustration with the outside world, disdain for the aristocratic class that refuses to accept him, and ultimately, a growing ambivalence for the realm of poetry that had become saturated with class ideals and class-codedness. As a member of the working class, Keats simply could not transcend his pre-determined class status.
materialism, aristocratic, struggle, poetry
Recommended CitationHamel, Karrie, "John Keats and the Flight from Class Identity" (2000). Honors Theses. Paper 1113.
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