What is ballad?

  • (noun): A narrative poem of popular origin.
    Synonyms: lay
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Ballad

A ballad is a form of verse, often a narrative set to music. Ballads were particularly characteristic of the popular poetry and song of the British Isles from the later medieval period until the 19th century and used extensively across Europe and later the Americas, Australia and North Africa. Many ballads were written and sold as single sheet broadsides. The form was often used by poets and composers from the 18th century onwards to produce lyrical ballads. In the later 19th century it took on the meaning of a slow form of popular love song and the term is now often used as synonymous with any love song, particularly the pop or rock power ballad.

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Sentimental Ballads - Power Ballads
... Simon Frith identifies the origins of the power ballad in the emotional singing of soul artists, particularly Ray Charles and the adaptation of this style by figures such as Eric Burdon ... According to Charles Aaron, power ballads came into existence in the early 1970s, when rock stars attempted to convey profound messages to audiences ... He argues that the power ballad broke into the mainstream of American consciousness in 1976 as FM radio gave a new lease of life to earlier songs like Led Zeppelin's ...
Little Jock Elliot - Synopsis
... He is also the subject of a well-known Border ballad called "Little Jock Elliot" ... The ballad asserts Elliot's prowess in battle and contains the famous refrain "My name is Little Jock Elliot, and wha daur meddle wi' me!," which has traditionally been offered as one possible ... The ballad ends by referencing Little Jock Elliot's wounding of James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell in the summer of 1566 when the latter attempted to ...
The Battle Of Otterburn (ballad)
... The Battle of Otterburn (or Otterbourne) is a Scottish ballad ... minstrelsy collected by Sir Walter Scott and the Child Ballads ... This battle also inspired The Ballad of Chevy Chase, an English version, but the Scottish version is more historically accurate ...
Melancholic Ballad (For The Leftlovers)
... "Melancholic Ballad (For The Leftlovers)" is the second single from the first album by Portuguese band Fingertips, All 'Bout Smoke 'n Mirrors ... As the name suggests, the song is a soft rock ballad that relies heavily on piano rather than guitar ...
Stolt Herr Alf
... "Stolt Herr Alf" ("Proud Lord Alf") is a medieval Swedish ballad which, due to its content, is thought to originate from pre-Christian times ... There are two different manuscripts of this ballad in the National Library of Sweden, and some dialectal words indicate that the ballad was current in south-western Sweden before its documentation ...

More definitions of "ballad":

  • (noun): A narrative song with a recurrent refrain.
    Synonyms: lay

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