In what ways do ballads express enduring human condition?

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In what ways do ballads express enduring human condition?

        The ballad form is one of the most ancient ways known of expressing feelings, events, myths, etc.; even before writing was discovered, the possibility of transmitting these things from one generation to the next existed.

        Ballads are a form of oral poetry known worldwide and traditional to many countries; although at first glance no apparent rhyme is seen, one will notice every ballad has a certain rhythm, playing on stress and making use of elements such as alliteration, repetition, enumeration, sometimes rhyming couplets and many other devices known as poetical. These structure the poem and give it the actual ballad shape, mood and basically meaning, stressing on the sound given out by the eye rhymes, off lines and internal rhymes. They show life in a new light, presenting it from an exemplified point of view, easier to understand and accessible to most types of “audiences”. They are most often sung along at traditional gatherings, but can also be told as bed stories/songs, for example. Also, ballads frequently use humour to make the understanding simpler.

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        Ballads are structured narrations which can almost always be put into songs – songs are much easier to remember and be sung, to and by children, which will later remember it and pass it on to their own. They remind of American country songs in some ways, yet the language is rather archaic, stylizing the form. Mostly, ballads have an AABB or ABAB rhyme and are structured in rather short stanzas (2, 4 or 8 lines).

        Often ballads have deeper meaning than they show; they usually treat with one or two main themes and give and further describe it by ...

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