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Posted By: GUEST,Pseudonymous
11-May-19 - 09:52 AM
Thread Name: If you don't like ballads......
Subject: RE: If you don't like ballads......
Interesting to read a) what the OED has to say on the word and its various meanings over time and b) the discussion on this web site:

http://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/ballads/early_child/#what

This web site discusses the poetic form and some characteristic features, while accepting that generalisations are difficult and tend to fall down. It raises questions about how old the 'genre' actually is.