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What is a ballad?  A ballad is a form of verse, often a narrative set to music. The ballad probably derives its name from medieval French dance songs or "ballares" (from which we also get ballet), as did the alternative rival form that became the French Ballade.  Therefore when you write your ballad, I feel you need a spring in your step, and a lively rhythm throughout.


By Josie Whitehead

Come, write me a ballad with a rhythm that flows.

Add some music to this, and a song will soon grow.

     Add a gentle refrain to divide every verse,

     For a ballad that’s flat - well, what could be worse?


       So what could be worse than a ballad that’s flat?

        A piece of burnt toast or a calico cat?


Come write me a ballad that glides over the page

Add a melody too, to delight and assuage.

     Add rhyme to the words and good metre as well    

     And your ballad will soar on the waves of a swell.


        It will soar on the waves of the mountainous sea,

        And will be worth reading, I’m sure you’ll agree.


Come write me a ballad with a story to tell

Add poetical ingredients and watch how you spell -

     Add alliteration, assonance and other good things

    And your words then will surely be fit for a king.


         Fit for a king?  Oh yes, fit for a king -

         And think of the fun that your ballad will bring.




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