Ballad Essays

  • The Ballad

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    This essay is about the Ballad, contrasting how the ballad went from an oral tradition to the ballad form known today. The Ballad can be any narrative song, but in technical terms a ballad is a specific literary form. The word ballad comes from the Latin and Italian word “ballare,” meaning “to dance”. Collins, (1985). The second word translation of “ballade” comes from the French language and means "dancing song". Oxford, (1995). Therefore a ballad is a song that tells a story, and was originally

  • Medieval Ballads and Lyrics

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    Recently, the term ‘ballad’ can be associated with everything from Solomon’s Song to an Aerosmith song. The dictionary defines it as a traditional story in song or a simple song. However, the medieval ballad is something of a different nature than that of the popular musical ballads of today. The definition of ballad in the medieval context is a narrative poem. The authors usually remain anonymous and the ballad is more often than not accompanied by dance (Gummere). This is not surprising considering

  • Ballad Of Birmingham Analysis

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    Randall’s “Ballad of Birmingham” and Gwendolyn Brooks’ “A Bronzeville Mother Loiters in Mississippi. Meanwhile, A Mississippi Mother Burns Bacon” are written in the same era and convey similar messages; however, each poem’s form, point of view, and how they each approach the idea of preconceived notions are what set the two While Randall and Brooks chose this as the structure of their poems, they each adapt the standards of ballads to better fit their intended goal. In Randall’s poem “Ballad of Birmingham

  • Symbolism In Ballad Of Birmingham

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    There is no safe place in the world. “Ballad of Birmingham” proves that by telling the tragic tale of a young girl and her mother. No matter what a building symbolizes or how much determination is spent on keeping love ones safe, life or destiny will occur. “Ballad of Birmingham” approaches the bombing of Birmingham in 1963 from a sentimental point of view, providing a unique insight into the story. The story of a mother and daughter, as described in the “Ballad of Birmingham,” cannot be understood

  • Ballad of Birmingham

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    Ballad of Birmingham In the poem Ballad of Birmingham, by Dudley Randall, written in 1969, Mr. Randall uses of irony to describes the events of the mothers decision, and also her concern for the welfare of her darling little child. It seems odd that this child would even know what a freedom march is, but this would be considered normal back in the early 1960's, when Mr. Martin Luther King Jr. had rallies and freedom marches to free the African American people from discrimination and segregation

  • The Song of The Ballad of the Sad Cafe

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    In Carson McCullers’ “The Ballad of the Sad Cafe”, the ending coda shows the work of the Forks Falls chain gang. The chain gang is made up of “twelve mortal men, seven of them black and five of them white boys from this county” (458)1. The song starts when “One dark voice will start a phrase, half-sung, and like a question. And after a moment another voice will join in, soon the whole gang will be singing […] the music intricately blended [...] the music will swell [...] Then slowly the music will

  • An Analysis of Ballad of the Harp-Weaver

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    An Analysis of Ballad of the Harp-Weaver Take just a second to read the first eight lines very carefully. Picture yourself as a small child being with your mother or father sitting on their lap as they hold you. It is a good feeling that brings warmth and security to any child or any adult needing to recapture the essence of their childhood. In the first four lines we are to understand that the boy's mother is trying to rub his skin to make him warm. That is what "chafe" means, to warm by rubbing

  • Analysis of the Ballad Sir Patrick Spens

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    Traditional Scottish ballads encompass some of the most haunting and beautiful poetry ever composed. From 1500-1765, some of the authors of the poetry are anonymous, making it all the more striking. In this time period, society operates in a feudal system containing many divisions of rank and power. Kings, lords and knights have lives of luxury and leisure, while those of lower rank such as sailors and peasants are duty bound to obey the higher ranks, even die for them. The ballad, “Sir Patrick Spens”

  • Critical Criticism Of Vico Franco Ballad

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    Critical commentary on Rico Franco ballad. There can be no exact definition of ballads; they are poems of varied length from as short as 16 verses to even 1366. Most often they are expressed through an oral media and narrated musically to accompany dances, portray traditions or historical events. ‘A caza iban, a caza’ is a Novelesque Spanish ballad as it depicts the feelings of honour and justice; a European folklore theme widespread at that time. This ballad paints a story of huntsmen, who overtake

  • Dialogue and Monologue in the 1798 Lyrical Ballads

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    Dialogue and Monologue in the 1798 Lyrical Ballads Commemorating the bicentennial of the 1798 Lyrical Ballads implies something about the volume's innovations as well as its continuity. It is no longer possible to believe that 'Romanticism' started here (as I at least was taught in school). Even if we cannot claim 1798 as a hinge in literary history, though, there is something appealing about celebrating the volume's attitude to newness, as well as the less contentious fact of its enduring importance

  • Gwendolyn Brooks' The Ballad of Late Annie

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    Gwendolyn Brooks' The Ballad of Late Annie "The Ballad of Late Annie" is one of several poems from Gwendolyn Brooks' "Notes from the Childhood and the Girlhood" section of her book Annie Allen. Published in 1949, Annie Allen, a mock epic of an African-American girl growing up in a time of increasing social tension, illustrated the existence of a black struggle that did not break into the American mainstream until the birth of the Civil Rights Movement ten years later. It is comprised of four

  • Ballad of Birmingham by Dudley Randall

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    Ballad of Birmingham by Dudley Randall In 'Ballad of Birmingham,' Dudley Randall illustrates a conflict between a child who wishes to march for civil rights and a mother who wishes only to protect her child. Much of this poem is read as dialogue between a mother and a child, a style which gives it an intimate tone and provides insight to the feelings of the characters. Throughout the poem the child is eager to go into Birmingham and march for freedom with the people there. The mother, on the

  • Ballad of Pearl May Lee in Gwendolyn Brook's Street in Bronzeville

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    Ballad of Pearl May Lee in Gwendolyn Brook's Street in Bronzeville Gwendolyn Brook’s “Ballad of Pearl May Lee” came from her book called Street in Bronzeville. This book exemplifies Brook’s “dual place in American literature” (Smith, 2). It is associated with Modernist poetry, as well as the Harlem Renaissance. This book is known for its theme of victimizing the poor, black woman. “Ballad of Pearl May Lee” is a poem that uses tone to represent the complex mood of the ballad. While tone

  • The Real Life Events Illustrated in The Ballad of Birmingham, by Dudley Randall

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    The tragic poem, “The Ballad of Birmingham,” begins with a young child asking an imploring question to her mother, “May I go downtown instead of out to play” (Randall, 669)? The author, Dudley Randall, illustrates the conflict and irony between the mother and her child. The mother only wants to protect her child from the dangers that await her, but the child on the other hand, only wants to be a part of the Freedom March in Birmingham, Alabama. “The Ballad of Birmingham” was written about the real

  • Sarah Collins 'Female Transport': Explain Briefly What Your Selected Ballads

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    Introduction - Explain briefly what your selected ballad is about and the reasons why you picked it. - What/how does it tell us about living in Australia during times past? (100 - 150 words) The ballad I have selected is Female Transport. Female Transport is about a girl called Sarah Collins who committed a crime and was sent Van Diemen's Land to pay for her crimes. In Van Diemen's she endured many struggles of working and being a convict. She warned us in the ballad not to come her for it is really hard

  • Wordsworth: Tintern Abbey And Lyrical Ballads

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    1797 William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy moved to Alfoxden House, which was only a few miles from Coleridge’s home. The creative partnership between these two young poets would eventuate in the first publishing of Lyrical Ballads. The publication of Lyrical Ballads represented a turning point for English poetry. It was released anonymously on October 4th, 1798 and the learned old guard of literary England was mostly unaware that a form of “literary revolution” had taken place. Previous ages

  • Dudley Randall's Poem Ballad of Birmingham

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    Dudley Randall's Poem Ballad of Birmingham The poem 'The Ballad of Birmingham', by Dudley Randall, is based on the historical event of the bombing in 1963 of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s church by white terrorists. It is a poem in which a daughter expresses her interest in attending a civil rights rally and the mother fearful for her daughter's safety refuses to let her go. In the poem the daughter in fighting for the course of the operessed people of her time/generation instead of going out to

  • Medieval Ballad vs. Modern Interpretation in Get Up and Bar the Door

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    Medieval Ballad vs. Modern Interpretation in Get Up and Bar the Door An often used literary form in Medieval English literature was the folk ballad, an example of which is "Get Up and Bar the Door." A typical ballad is humorous, its author is unknown, and it focuses on one subject. This subject and the events of the story are conveyed both by the words written and those implied. The implied thoughts are conveyed and emphasized using a variety of literary techniques such as symbolism, repetition

  • Marriage in Christina Rossetti's Promises Like Pie-Crust and Edgar Allan Poe's Bridal Ballad

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    Marriage in Rossetti's Promises Like Pie-Crust and Poe's Bridal Ballad In Christina Rossetti's "Promises Like Pie-Crust" and Edgar Allan Poe's "Bridal Ballad" female speakers encounter the milestone of marriage. Facing strong pressures from society, Rossetti's speaker refuses marriage in three well-reasoned arguments which are veiled in a guise of superciality. Conversely, Poe's speaker accepts marriage, but by the end of the poem realizes the dire consequences of her decision. Rossetti knows

  • Comparison Of Tintern Abbey And Preface To Lyrical Ballads

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    Emily Kotroco Paper 1 Wordsworth poems “Tintern Abbey” and “Preface to Lyrical Ballads” During Wordsworth time as a poet he made it his mission to have poetry be read by not only the aristocrats but also now the common man something that has never been done. In both poems Wordsworth makes his poems relatable by incorporating themes that everyone can relate to even if they haven’t personally had that experience, although both poems do differ when it comes down to structure and form but also when