5) Martin shows that what we now call "the" ballad stanza
was only one of a range of ballad stanzas
recognized by mid-Victorian poets, prosodists, and readers; to supplement Martin's reading with an additional example, witness the opening lines of Newman's ballad translation of Book I of the Iliad:
More significantly McKay's conjunction of dialect and traditional prosody both denaturalizes dialect, rendering it a linguistic mode no less artificial, no more authentic, than standard English or the ballad stanza
, and defamiliarizes and re-forms "English" poetry and poetic language.
This observation can be extended from rhymes to line length as well which, in turn, may throw the so-called ballad stanza
, for instance (where a longer line alternates with a shorter one), into a new perspective.
Not one to kowtow to authority, Trower wields the ballad stanza
like a fine old rust-flecked sword.
Add to this the historical resonance of a poem's genre--the sonnet, the ballad stanza
, blank verse, among many others--and the levels of meaning multiply.
1), but unlike the Scottish bard, Dunbar rarely uses the standard ballad stanza
Where Southey occasionally alters the traditional four-line stanza by adding an extra line or two, Zukovskij never varies from the traditional four-line ballad stanza
The hymns Dickinson grew up hearing often borrow the skeleton of ballad narrative along with the ballad stanza
I begin with a ballad stanza
spoken by Ophelia, which Percy incorporated virtually unchanged into "The Friar of Orders Gray," a poem mostly his own, which he included in the section of his Reliques, "Ballads that Illustrate Shakespeare":
As Darlene Harbour Unrue points out in this welcome, albeit frustrating, study and collection of Porter's poetry, "Night-Blooming Cereus" is "insufficiently thought through," as if the writer's imagination and sense of music were stymied by what Unrue calls "Porter's comfortable four-line ballad stanza
This discord in the ballad stanza
signals the onset of violence.
This is the point of the traditional ballad stanza