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Thread #166098   Message #3991986
Posted By: Steve Gardham
12-May-19 - 03:59 PM
Thread Name: If you don't like ballads......
Subject: RE: If you don't like ballads......
Jack,
One of the many inspired by the Percy explosion, but nearly all of them fall down for one reason or another, usually too clever by half, too much description or too elaborate. There is a book on the literary ballad. I did have a copy but it had little to do with the folk ballad so I got rid of it. I think possibly the nearest thing written by a literary giant sometimes found in oral tradition is Scott's 'Jock of Hazeldean' based on bits of Child Ballad John of Hazelgreen. When teaching about traditional ballads in English lessons I used to use 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' by Keats to demonstrate how the literary ballads differed from the traditional, in fact Coleridge's 'Rime' as well. I seem to remember playing a video of a Rime recital illustrated. It was all a long time ago.