Comic Ballads, Satires, and Seditious Allegories

Part of the Nineteenth-Century Major Lives and Letters book series (19CMLL)


Thelwall’s comic voice is his saving grace, relieving the sometimes excessive sensibility and heightened rhetoric of his more formal poems. Remarkably wide ranging and sophisticated, his humorous songs, satirical ballads, and seditious allegories shine a lightning wit upon the political and literary chaos of the age, and illuminate aspects of romantic culture that are sometimes overlooked, reminding one of the rich vein of irreverence and satire that pulsed beneath the high-minded surface of Romanticism (S. Jones).


Good Lesson Romantic Culture Contagion Spread Common Folk Loving Spouse 
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