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Thread #166098   Message #3991946
Posted By: Jim Carroll
12-May-19 - 11:26 AM
Thread Name: If you don't like ballads......
Subject: RE: If you don't like ballads......
Nobody actually knows who wrote either the ballads or the folk songs
Work has been done to establish the earliest printed versions of them, but that in no way guarantees the 'author' didn't copy them down from elsewhere
In my opinion, logic suggests that 'the folk' were as likely to have made them as anybody
The 'insider knowledge', use of vernacular and folklore and the 'democratic' and partisan nature of how the plots were handled makes that a strong likelihood
Thee can be no doubt that 'ordinary' people (especially the non-literate ones) were more than capable of song-making - if they could, they probably did