Mudcat Café message #2719050 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #123472   Message #2719050
Posted By: Brian Peters
08-Sep-09 - 01:28 PM
Thread Name: The Folk Process
Subject: RE: The Folk Process
"I refuse to accept that some of the most perfect poetic literature ever produced is the result of frailty and randomness. This is an insult to the mastery of the song-makers to whom we owe everything."

So were the hundreds of ballad variants all written by the same master song-maker (a perfectionist who couldn't stop redrafting, perhaps?), or by hundreds of master song-makers who were either plagiarising one another or else coming up with remarkably similar ideas by pure coincidence?

(PS: as you well know, the 'Folk Process' is not just about "frailty and randomness", and no-one says it is)