Ballad

overview by Sadie Uselton

Overveiw/History of a Ballad

Ballads were first created in Great Britain during the medieval times. Ballads were made as folk songs that told a story (called narrative poems) so they were usually sung by people.

Characteristics of a Ballad

Ballads include dialogue that is from multiple characters incorporated into the story and has simple language that most everyone can understand. They usually have lack of specific detail and has one line that repeats throughout the poem. When it comes to the ending they are usually abrupt and rarely have a moral. The ballads have four stanzas having the second and fourth lines rhyme.

Example of a Ballad

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Purpose of a Ballad

The purpose of a ballad is to tell a story through lyrics and song

Work Cited

"History of the Ballad." Poetryroad. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Dec. 2014.


"Connections: Poetry: Forms: The Ballad." Connections: Poetry: Forms: The Ballad. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Dec. 2014.