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Ballads Narrative songs Medieval Ballads Medieval Period 1066-1485 Most common people could not read or write Minstrels traveled singing these ballads.

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  • Ballads Narrative songs
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  • Medieval Ballads
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  • Medieval Period 1066-1485 Most common people could not read or write Minstrels traveled singing these ballads (narratives) to entertain
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  • Medieval Period 1066-1485 Narratives were about ordinary people Because they were orally given many versions of the same story are told
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  • Definition Narrative songs handed down in oral tradition From French word meaning dance song
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  • Characteristics Simple and direct - stresses a single incident; begins in the midst of the incident Little or no background information Tells a story developed through dialogue Tells of dramatic events of ordinary people or legendary heroes Performed for an audience
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  • Types Folk Ballad - oldest type; composed by local bard to remember important event Story most important Tone is tragic Ends in death by accident, murder, suicide, or return of the dead Use of repetition - adds to melody, provides emphasis, heightens emotional effect Some well known traditional folk ballads include Lord Randall, The Three Ravens, and Get up and Bar the Door.
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  • Types Minstrel Ballad Used themes of folk ballads and added descriptions of settings and characters feelings Longer than folk ballad Less direct than folk ballad More literary than folk ballad A well known minstrel ballad is Sir Patrick Spens/Spence.
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  • Ballad Headlines THREE DEAD SONS VISIT MOTHER FOR DINNER SLIGHTED WOMAN SPURNS LOVERS DEATHBED REQUEST
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  • Ballad Headlines MAIDEN HEADED FOR GALLOWS; FAMILY REFUSES HELP
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  • Subjects Quarrels among family members or lovers or friends Death War Fear of the unknown Lives of people Adventures of outlaws Tragic love
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  • Themes Domestic tragedy False love True love Absurdity of husband/wife relations
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  • Themes The supernatural Courage Death Revenge Envy Rebellion Betrayal Remorse Loyalty Patriotism
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  • Medieval Period 1066-1485 Most of the ballads remained anonymous Songs were not written down until the 18 th century
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  • Ballads Typically focused on a single incident Begins in the middle of the crisis Proceeds directly to the resolution
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  • Ballads Not developed characters Not developed background Not developed description
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  • Ballads - Subjects Tragic love Domestic Conflict Crime War Shipwrecks
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  • Ballads - Subjects Comic treatments Tragic treatments
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  • How to read a ballad Read silently looking at side notes Paraphrase each stanza Read aloud to hear the sounds
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  • Song Characteristics Four-line stanzas Rhyme in lines 2 and 4 Repetition of words, phrases, and lines Refrains
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  • The Refrain Songs chorus Probable that the singer of the ballad had the audience join in the refrain
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  • The Refrain Rhythm Theme Allowed the singer to improvise/remember the next verse
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  • Assignment Read both ballads Barbara Allan Get Up and Bar the Door
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  • Assignment Break up into groups A ballad will be assigned to you
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  • Assignment Annotate the poems - determine meaning, theme, speakers, etc. Create a newspaper headline National Enquirer Write a newspaper article
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  • Assignment Type article and headline Share with class