First Advisor

Mark J. Bruhn


Frank McGill


Regis College

Degree Name


Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

93 pages


Preface and Acknowledgements

There is a particular sensation that occurs in my brain when I study Romantic literature. It’s not the only thing that induces the sensation, but it is one of the most reliable. I was thirteen years old the first time I read Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan” and felt like someone had poured a carbonated, caffeinated soda directly into my mind. It is a sensation of vitality and presence, and awake-ness that both grounds me and encourages me to fly. So I suppose I must begin my acknowledgements with gratitude for Lyrical Ballads, for the engineers of the British Romantic Movement, and for the poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley, William Blake, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge for making my brain effervescent and shaping my worldview, spirituality, and scholarship.

I would additionally like to thank my friends and family for listening to my endless screaming, whining, obsessing, and enthusing, and for their endless patience and support of my work and wellbeing. Writing this thesis during COVID-19 has been one of the most challenging experiences of my life, but thanks to my loved ones’ encouragement and solidarity, it has also been among the most rewarding.

Finally, thank you to Drs. Bruhn and McGill, my amazing advisor and reader, for their invaluable insight, guidance, and expertise, for their poignant questions and thoughtful engagement, and for their patience for sleep-deprived emails at six o’clock in the morning.

My deepest gratitude and regards to everyone who has been with me on this

journey. Beannachtaí oraibh.

Date of Award

Spring 2021

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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