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  • Ballads
  • A ballad is an impersonal poemIt is a short poem, usually 50 or 60 lines long It is written in rhymed verse which could be sung. Rhyme:
  • Some ballads are likeepics deal with wars some deal with love some with everyday experience
  • A ballad is a narrative poem that tells a story
  • The common measure used in ballads is the fourteener.The fourteener is lines of fourteen syllables broken up into twodivisions of eight and six syllables for example: the ballad in Page (39)
  • Two Kinds of Ballads: 1- Traditional Ballads: (usually by unknown poets) an example is The Wife of Usher’s Well. 2- Literary Ballads: Imitations of traditional onesan example is Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
  • How to recognize a Ballad:• A ballad must be a narrative• Impersonal in tone• Written in stanza of four lines in which the first and third consist of 8 syllables each and the second and fourth consist of 6 syllable each