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  1. 1. Ballads<br />a song or poem, especially a traditional one or one in a traditional style, telling a story in a number of short regular stanzas, often with a refrain<br />
  2. 2. Ballads<br />Ideal way to pass along information about current events and beliefs of cultural importance in an illiterate society.<br />
  3. 3. Popular subjects<br /><ul><li>Tragic love
  4. 4. Domestic conflicts
  5. 5. Disastrous wars
  6. 6. Shipwrecks
  7. 7. Sensational crimes and exploits of outlaws</li></li></ul><li>Later ballads concentrates on<br /><ul><li>historical events
  8. 8. Envy
  9. 9. Revenge
  10. 10. Rebellion
  11. 11. Betrayal
  12. 12. loyalty, and patriotism</li>