Ballad Poetry

Prime objective of this lecture is to present on Ballad Poetry. A Ballad is a form of verse to be sung or recited. F. B. Gum describes the ballad as “a poem meant for singing, quite impersonal in material, probably connected in its origins with the communal dance.” It also is a form of poetry that alternates lines of four and three beats, often in quatrains, rhymed abab, and often telling a story – the anonymous poem ‘Sir Patrick Spens’ and Wordsworth’s “A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal” demonstrate this well.