National Poetry Month Ballads

Ballad

A ballad is a narrative told in short stanzas. It can often be set to music because of its rhymes. It is of French origins. It is derived from the French word ballares which is derived from the Latin verb “ballare” which means to dance. It usually has an unclear message for its audience, often leaving it to the interpretation of the readers. It is often a love story.

Basics

  • Has a distinct theme
  • Typically uses four-line verses, with each consecutive verse revealing more of the narrative
  • Any rhyming style
  • Has a chorus that is repeated throughout the ballad, reinforcing the theme

Example

  • The Ballad of the Pirate Queens DB042175
The word Ballad is in the center above a musical bar. The bar begins with the treble clef symbol with a 4 4 time signature. The first measure is a whole note B. The second measure is a dotted half note A followed by a quarter rest. The third measure begins with a quarter rest and is followed by a dotted half note A. The last measure is a whole note D. (Get it?)

The word Ballad is in the center above a musical bar. The bar begins with the treble clef symbol with a 4 4 time signature. The first measure is a whole note B. The second measure is a dotted half note A followed by a quarter rest. The third measure begins with a quarter rest and is followed by a dotted half note A. The last measure is a whole note D. (Get it?)

April marks National Poetry Month! Throughout this month we will share information about some of the varying poetry styles practiced today and a little bit about their history. The purpose of the month is to increase the awareness and appreciation of poetry, and maybe help a few people find their inner poet talent.
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