A literary ballad is a poem that tells a tale without music. Stories about Robin Hood were originally ballads; 'Greensleeves' is a ballad; 'The Ballad of Billy the Kid' is a more recent example of the oral form. In written form, Oscar Wilde's The Ballad of Reading Gaol is a good example.
Likewise, people ask, what makes a ballad poem?
The core structure for a ballad is a quatrain, written in either abcb or abab rhyme schemes. The first and third lines are iambic tetrameter, with four beats per line; the second and fourth lines are in trimeter, with three beats per line.
What does a ballad poem consist of?
Ballads tend to be narrative poems, poems that tell stories, as opposed to lyric poems, which emphasize the emotions of the speaker. Ballad stanzas. The traditional ballad stanza consists of four lines, rhymed abcb (or sometimes abab--the key is that the second and fourth lines rhyme).
What is in a ballad?
A ballad /ˈbæl?d/ is a form of verse, often a narrative set to music. Ballads derive from the medieval French chanson balladée or ballade, which were originally "danced songs''. The form was often used by poets and composers from the 18th century onwards to produce lyrical ballads.