Lyrical Ballads and Terrorist Systems

  • Anthony S. Jarrells
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism, and Cultures of Print book series (PERCP)


The third part of T.J. Mathias’s satirical poem, The Pursuits of Literature, was printed and published anonymously in 1796—at the same time, as a matter of fact, as the second part. Against his original intention to hold off publishing part three, Mathias explains that:

some subjects are of an importance serious and urgent, not to be deferred. Wherever the freedom of the press exists (and with us may that freedom be perpetual!) I must assert that Literature, well or ill conducted, is the great engine by which, I am fully persuaded, all civilized states must ultimately be supported or overthrown. (III. 1)


French Revolution Civilized State Terrorist System Conservative Press Great Engine 
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    Ann Radcliffe, “On the Supernatural in Poetry,” New Monthly Magazine and Literary Journal, 1826.Google Scholar

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