A narrative poem intended to be sung, consisting of multiple stanzas and usually including a refrain. The subject matter of the poem usually related to chivalric adventures, love stories, or tales of horror. The ballads used in John Gay's opera were viewed as bawdy.
or literary ballad, is a long singing poem that tells a story (usually of love or adventure), written in quatrains - four lines alternatively of four and three feet - the third line may have internal rhymes.
From the folk music tradition in particular, a ballad is a song that tells a story (e.g. John Henry). However in most other modern music genres including pop and jazz, ballad refers to any song that is downbeat, slow and emotional (e.g." Misty", "Yesterday", "Crazy For You"). A decent ballad can be hugely emotional, a bad one can just sound naff. Ballads are a strong chart currency at the moment – if you're a boyband your first (and invariably every other) single will be a ballad.
a narrative poem, frequently of unknown authorship, composed of short verses intended to be sung or recited. Note: "In Scotland, Hungary, and elsewhere in Europe, the ballad is a very old type of poem that contains elements of the epic, lyric, and drama, and is often tragic in tone" (Adamik-Jaszo, 1994). a popular type of folksong, as Mexican "Corridos."
Usually a self-contained narrative (i.e., story-telling) song, like Schubert's Erlkönig or Senta's ballad from Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman). Sometimes used more generally to describe any singable or popular tune.
(also known as POPULAR BALLAD or FOLK BALLAD) A narrative poem which is, or originally was, meant to be sung. Ballads are the narrative species of folk songs, which originate, and are communicated orally, among illiterate and only partly literate people. Typically, a ballad is dramatic, condensed and impersonal: the narrator begins with the climactic episode, tells the story tersely by means of action and dialogue, and tells it without self-reference or the expression of personal attitudes or feelings.
a narrative poem that tells a story dramatically without personal commentary by the narrator. Folk ballads were popular in England and Scotland in the Middle Ages when literature was primarily delivered orally . The second type, literary ballads are imitations of folk ballads but tend to be longer and are not meant to be sung.
The ballad form consists of quatrains with four beats in lines one and three, and three beats in lines two and four; content matter usually consists of love, adventure, and talks of fatal relationships.
Term originating from the Portuguese word balada meaning 'dancing-song'. However, it normally refers to either a simple song e.g. Danny Boy or to a narrative poem (often with a tragic ending). Bob Dylan wrote and sang some wonderfully mournful ballads e.g. The Ballad of Hollis Brown. The ballad stanza is a quatrain where the second and fourth lines rhyme. La Belle Dame Sans Merci by John Keats is in ballad form. It usually features alternating four-stress and three-stress lines.
A poem that tells a story similar to a folk tale or legend and often has a repeated refrain. Do the words "Quoth the raven: 'Nevermore!'" ring a bell? (Fun fact: Edgar Allen Poe wrote the narrative poem "The Raven," from which that line is taken, backwards, from end to beginning.)
A ballad is a story, usually a narrative or poem, in a song. Any story form may be told as a ballad, such as historical accounts or fairy tales in verse form. It usually has foreshortened, alternating four- and three-stress lines ('ballad meter') and simple repeating rhymes, often with a refrain.