What is a Ballad?

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A ballad is a poem that tells a fairly simple story (narrative).

It usually has an easily identified, powerful metre and strong rhymes in an ABAB or AABB pattern. Some ballads are also set to music. Some ballads are highly descriptive narratives based on heroism or folklore (Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River), some are narratives of suffering and love lost, or some just tell a humorous story.

In modern music, "ballad" has come to refer to a slow, melodic, emotional song.


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