The Ballad

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The Ballad

  1. 1. Ballads
  2. 2. 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:
  3. 3. Some ballads are likeepics deal with wars some deal with love some with everyday experience
  4. 4. A ballad is a narrative poem that tells a story
  5. 5. 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)
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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

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