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Pre 1914 poetry

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A ballad is a poem which tells a story, there are three different types of ballad, literary, broadside and folk ballads. These all have a very strong narrative, contain strong characters and contain emotional political or social events or issues. Broadside ballads were very similar to the newspapers of today, the issues were mainly based on news and the language was simple, similar of that of tabloid newspapers to this day. These ballads were sometimes anonymous because they contained contervisal issues and political issues so therefore the author could be killed if the authorities disagreed. Broadside ballads were written on one large piece of paper called a broadside. Also they were entertaining but covered serious issues too. Some broadside ballads I looked at including ''Danny Deever'' by Rudyard Kipling during 1890, ''Clever Tom Clinch Going to Be Hanged'' by Jonathon Swift in 1726 and ''The Battle Of Ned Ludd'' in 1812. This was anonymous because of its contervsial views and by supporting the Luddites. ...read more.


The short lines produce a quick rhythm, the language used is simple and the words are short with fewer syllables which add to its punchy rhythm. ''Who hung like a hero, and never would flinch'', this is from ''Clever Tom Clinch and contains words with fewer syllables. ''To Tyburn Fair, I used to go'' is another example of broadside ballads quick punchy rhythm. Clever Tom Clinch uses rhyming couplets as this is the simplest use, the other two ballads I focused on also use simple rhyming schemes. Folk ballads have a strong rhythm as they were originally passed by word of mouth and needed to be remembered. ''John Barleycorn'' has five octrains but the rhyming scheme was in two quatrains for each stanza. ''They ploughed, they sowed, they harrowed him in''. ''John Barleycorn'' was set on the rebirth of the corn king and was less metaphorical than literary ballads. ''Heres little Sir John in a nut brown bowl''. Folk ballads tend to be the same length as broadside ballads (are shortened over the years) ...read more.


The imagery in this form of ballad helps create the mood and tone of the poem and is of the supernatural events etc. Alliteration and repetition are used many times in these ballads. ''Over the cobbles he clattered and clashed'' and it gives the impression and image of a horse riding. ''The moon was tossed like a ghostly galleon upon cloudy seas'' The language used in broadside ballads was informative, similar to that of today's tabloids. 'I used to go there, but now im bound for Newgate'', this just says it straight to the point and informs the reader what is happening without little explanation so the ballad can flow quickly with a fast rhythm. I preferred broadside ballads to the other forms because it was shorter and quicker, it didn't drag on which id dint like about literary ballads even though I liked the language used within literary ballads. Folk ballads were good but sometimes confusing because it is about local concerns and I am not local to the area it originated from. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jak Swain ...read more.

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