- Time: 17:30-19:00 CST 10:30-12:00 GMT
- Date: 29 March 2022
- Venue: Zhumu (Please contact Thomas.Duggett@xjtlu.edu.cn for Zhumu details)
In this paper I shall explore the implications of a recent finding that John Keats’s father, Thomas Keates, was enlisted in the London Volunteer Cavalry. I shall explore the significance of this for our understanding of Thomas Keates and the Keats family. I shall then consider how the ‘cavalry link’ may have influenced Keats’s sense of his social standing, his idea of poetic calling, and some of his poems. The talk will be illustrated with PowerPoint images.
Nicholas Roe is Wardlaw Professor of English Literature in the School of English at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of numerous critically acclaimed biographies and studies, including John Keats: A New Life, Fiery Heart: The First Life of Leigh Hunt, Wordsworth and Coleridge: The Radical Years, and John Keats and the Culture of Dissent. His two most recently published books are an edited collection, John Keats and the Medical Imagination (2017), and a revised and updated second edition of Wordsworth and Coleridge. The Radical Years (1988; second edition 2018). He is Chair of the Keats Foundation and The Wordsworth Conference Foundation.