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Gerould, Gordon HallThe Ballad of Tradition(Gordian Press, N.Y. 1959).

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Dixon are intimated in the following extract from his preface:-

He who, in travelling through the rural districts of England, hasmade the road-side inn his resting-place, who has visited the lowlydwellings of the villagers and yeomanry, and been present at theirfeasts and festivals, must have observed that there are certain oldpoems, ballads, and songs, which are favourites with the masses,and have been said and sung from generation to generation.

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A ballad / ˈ b æ l ə d / is a form of verse, often a narrative set to music
The ballad form became widely distributed throughout the British Isles, good songs and tales ignore regional boundaries and whether a ballad originated in England, Scotland or Europe becomes somewhat irrelevant after it has passed through the community.


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Lewis Carroll's 'Jabberwocky' has been called "a parody of the whole ballad way of writing". According to the Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory, parody requires "a subtle balance between close resemblance to the 'original' and a deliberate distortion of its principal characteristics". Lewis Carroll achieves this through a combination of ballad convention with invented nonsense elements, and by distorting the traditional folklore and legendary stories common to the ballad genre.

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The ballad ends with a dialogue between the eldest and the youngest sons. This finishes the poem in a climax of pathos, as the youngest son bids goodbye to his mother and his home, using repetition of traditional phrases. The note of romance, introduced with his goodbye to his sweetheart, makes the tragic moment even more poignant.

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The ballad format is still used especially within the folk song world as a framework for new songs especially those with a narrative tale, often reflecting past events or social messages.

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'La Belle Dame Sans Merci', by Keats, is a ballad created in the form of the fifteenth century ballads to give an archaic, supernatural effect. It tells the story of an encounter between a mortal and a supernatural being, and the blighted life that follows this encounter. It, too, is written in twelve quatrains, rhyming 'abcb'. It departs from the traditional ballad stanza, however, with the first three lines of each stanza being tetrameter (having four stresses) while the last line is in trimeter (with three stresses). This gives each stanza the sense of being unfinished, or precipitately broken off.

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There are two basic categories within the ballad genre. These are the traditional, or folk ballad, and the literary ballad. Traditional ballads are anonymous, and have been handed down through generations in the oral tradition of story telling. 'The Wife of Usher's Well' is an example of a traditional, anonymous ballad. The literary ballad is a variation of the ballad genre, the result of a poet's deliberate adoption of the ballad metre and style in his composition. Examples include 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci', written by Keats in 1819, and Lewis Carroll's 'Jabberwocky', written in 1871.

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After the third stanza the narrative shifts to the knight's point of view, as he describes his experiences. This departure from the traditional ballad form gives the narrative a sense of personal immediacy. It also incorporates the ballad convention of a story told through description and dialogue, as the poem becomes a conversation between the narrator and the "knight-at-arms".