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Posted By: Iains
13-May-19 - 08:45 AM
Thread Name: If you don't like ballads......
Subject: RE: If you don't like ballads......
From: GUEST,Pseudonymous - PM
Date: 11 May 19 - 09:39 AM
Further to your post the OED defines a ballad as:
ballad noun
    1 A poem or song narrating a story in short stanzas. Traditional ballads are typically of unknown authorship, having been passed on orally from one generation to the next.

      2 A slow sentimental or romantic song.


Late 15th century (denoting a light, simple song): from Old French balade, from Provençal balada ‘dance, song to dance to’, from balar ‘to dance’, from late Latin ballare (see ball). The sense ‘narrative poem’ dates from the mid 18th century.

So coming back to the original post if one does not like ballads,
is this the entire genre, or the presentation?
Surely ballads comprise an extremely healthy percentage of folk music, both ancient and modern?