SHORT FICTIONAL NARRATIVE TYPOLOGY
Folk music is music that has become part
of a people's heritage through oral
tradition. A true folk song has no known
author. Because of its oral tradition folk
music is fluid.
Folk songs are important both musically
and historically as they define some part
of a people's experience and become a
part of a people's culture.
A ballad is a short narrative poem which
is written to be sung and has a simple
but dramatic theme. Ballads can be of
love, death, the supernatural or even a
combination of the three. Many ballads
also contain a moral which is expressed
(most often) in the final stanza.
BALLAD X FOLK SONG
Ballads were longer and related to a story,
usually one based in the past and carried
down by oral tradition. Ballads could be
either dramatic or humorous, dealing with
the topics of the time.
Folk songs, on the other hand, were
shorter, lyrical and personal.
Ballads are rhythmic saga of past
happenings, which may be of heroic,
satirical, romantic, political, catastrophic
(which is related to in third person).
To be sung
The ballad stanza is made of four lines;
Most often have abrupt openings, brief
descriptions and economical, although
What makes it in a Ballad?
What story does this ballad tell?
What happens with the little cabin boy?
Do we have dialogues in this ballad?
How does this ballad involve the reader?
Do you see irony in this ballad?
This very popular Child ballad is also known as The Sweet
Trinity, The Golden Willow Tree, The Turkish Revelry and several
other titles. The title of the oldest surviving version (about 1635)
was Sir Walter Raleigh Sailing In The Lowlands (Shewing how
the famous Ship called the Sweet Trinity was taken by a false
Gally & how it was again restored by the craft of a little Sea-boy,
There are many variations with different outcomes for the brave
cabin boy. In most variants, the captain refuses to take him back
aboard the ship, let alone reward him; some versions have the
boy sinking his captain's ship or threatening to sink it, but more
often, he drowns (sometimes after saying he would sink the ship
if it weren't for the crew). In other versions he is rescued by the
crew, but dies on the deck.
The name of the ship
The of the captain in the ballad
The boy’s destiny
Numbers of holes in the ship
The enemy’s origin