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Thread #166098   Message #3991653
Posted By: Jim Carroll
10-May-19 - 08:55 AM
Thread Name: If you don't like ballads......
Subject: RE: If you don't like ballads......
"I guess Jim is away somewhere with no time to tell me of what I was being accused on 07 May 19 - 06:06 AM. "
You really are obsessiver about incidentals aren't you
How about your responding to the damage you and yours have done about substituting popp dross for genuine folk songs
I asked firsdt and have been awaiting an answer for a very long tome

Regarding 'The Wife of Usher's Well
It is oftebnn suggested that it is part two of a longer ballad, the first part being listed as 'The Clerk's Twa Sons of Owsenford'
In the first part, the two sons are sent away to college and attract the afefction of the daughters of a wealthy and powerful local dignitary - despite the girls' pleading, the lads are executed.
The second part involves the mother's mourning the deaths of her sons for too long (sometimes longer than a year and a day in popular folklore)
THe linking of the two stories makes perfect sense - a 'squaring of the circle
The 'overmourning' theme is shared by numerous ballads, 'The Unquiet Grave' probably being the most popular
Jim Carroll (glad to be back)