National Poetry Month Ballads

The word Ballad is in the center above a musical bar. The bar begins with the treble clef symbol with a 4 4 time signature. The first measure is a whole note B. The second measure is a dotted half note A followed by a quarter rest. The third measure begins with a quarter rest and is followed by a dotted half note A. The last measure is a whole note D. (Get it?)


A ballad is a narrative told in short stanzas. It can often be set to music because of its rhymes. It is of French origins. It is derived from the French word ballares which is derived from the Latin verb “ballare” which means to dance. It usually has an unclear message for its audience, often leaving it to the interpretation of the readers. It is often a love story.

Ballad have a distinct theme. Typically use four-line verses, with each consecutive verse revealing more of the narrative. Can use any rhyming style. Has a chorus that is repeated throughout the ballad, reinforcing the theme
One good example is The Ballad of the Pirate Queens DB042175


Monday, April 10, 2017 - 11:41 a.m.