Modern ballads: The word ballad is used today to describe many different types of poems and songs that tell stories, but not all modern ballads adhere to the conventions of meter or rhyme schemes that once defined the form. The musical roots of the ballad have, however, endured.
- “La Belle Dame sans Merci” by John Keats. One of the oldest known English ballad poems, “La Belle Dame sans Merci” means “The Beautiful Lady Without Mercy.
- “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The longest poem by Coleridge, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” tells starts with an elderly sailor stopping a man on the way to a wedding.
- “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe. In a kingdom by the sea, Edgar Allan Poe weaves the tale of the lovely Annabel Lee. This love song is a tragic one, because Annabel Lee dies, leaving behind her lover to mourn her life.
- “A Red, Red Rose” by Robert Burns. This lyrical ballad compares love to a rose, and Bob Dylan once called it his “single biggest inspiration.” Because it has lines of iambic tetrameter and iambic trimeter woven throughout, it fits the literary ballad tradition, even though it is not a narrative poem.
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One of the older forms of poetry, the Ballad came to poetry from song. The “Balladeer” was a person who frequently entertained people with music, and he would tell his story in the form of a song, or ballad. The word ballad is originally derived from an Old French word meaning “dancing song.”
Ballads also kept alive stories from the fringes of society—stories of battles from the losers’ point of view, stories of ghosts and fairies and other supernatural beings, stories of pirates, poachers, and outlaws, real and legendary. Some of the classic ballads even have plots and characters that are very similar to those in fairy tales.
Here are some examples of ballads in literature and the lasting value of these works. Example 1: La Belle Dame sans Merci by John Keats And there she lullèd me asleep, And there I dreamed—Ah! woe betide!— The latest dream I ever dreamt On the cold hill side. I saw pale kings and princes too, Pale warriors, death-pale were they all;
Jan 25, 2021 · A few examples include: "I Can't Help Falling in Love With You" by Elvis Presley "God Must Have Spent A Little More Time On You" by Nsync "Candle in the Wind" by Elton John "Faithfully" by Journey "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" by Chicago "More Than A Feeling" by Boston "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon and Garfunkel "Tears in Heaven" by Eric Clapton