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Writing a Ballad

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Friday 2 November 2018 by Matthieu Giroux

The Ballad is medieval. It consists of three and a half verses, each of eight verses of eight feet.

The whole thing is played on three rhymes, with ends of verses organized like this: A-B-A-B-B-C-B-C. This creates a harmonious rhythm to sing.

All three verses end in the same verse. The final half verse, which is called "sending", begins with a beautiful word,"love" or "beautiful", for example. The Ballad ends with the rhymes B-C-B-C, in this half verse. There are twenty-eight verses at all.

A poem that is sung has got repeated rhythms and harmonious rhythms. You can use the previous chapter, to correct your poem, to be sung.

My Notes

Write a ballad to sing...