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MEDIEVAL BALLADS. Origin of Name. From French dance songs – i.e. “ ballares ” or ballet. Description. A Ballad is a song that tells a story in verse. Because ballads were sung, their content was often changed.

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origin of name
Origin of Name
  • From French dance songs – i.e. “ballares” or ballet
description
Description
  • A Ballad is a song that tells a story in verse.
  • Because ballads were sung, their content was often changed.
  • Minstrels/troubadours traveled from town to town singing ballads for food, money, lodging.
  • Ballads were the poetry of the people, so they were often sensational.
common subjects
Common Subjects
  • Magic (ghosts, witchcraft, fairies)
  • Border conflict (English vs. Scottish)
  • Love, domestic tragedy
  • Children
  • Outlaws (Robin Hood)
characteristics
CHARACTERISTICS
  • Narrative, tells a story
  • Set to music
  • Depends heavily on dialogue (two people)
  • Plot involves domestic tragedy or the supernatural
  • No editorializing; impersonal tone
  • Refrain and repetition
  • Set rhyme and meter/syllable pattern (quatrain/4)
  • Figurative language (“make my bed soon” = death)
  • Third person, objective narration
characteristics1
CHARACTERISTICS
  • No mention of setting
  • Hurried plot
  • No character development
  • Sometimes use question and answer format/call and response
  • Focus on one event
ballads old and new
Ballads, Old and New

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOzFrZyZi5A

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Lord Randall

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXNNVUuIDgc

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