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a. A narrative poem, often of folk origin and intended to be sung, consisting of simple stanzas and usually having a refrain.
b. The music for such a poem.
2. A popular song especially of a romantic or sentimental nature.

[Middle English balade, poem or song in stanza form, from Old French ballade, from Old Provençal balada, song sung while dancing, from balar, to dance, from Late Latin ballāre, to dance; see ball2.]

bal·lad′ic (bə-lăd′ĭk, bă-) adj.


(Music, other) relating to ballads
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Written in response to Francis William Newman's 1856 balladic translation of the Iliad, Arnold's three-part essay-delivered as a lecture series at Oxford in 1860, but not published until 1861-condemns Newman for failing to render Homer's nobility.
One of the really notable features of the campaign was the re-emergence of the protest song, disseminated by YouTube, and ranging from the balladic to rap.
His set was unexpectedly genre-jumbling, a perfect balance of balladic moments and fist-pumping big hooks and basses.
The poem "The Prophet Elijah" is the acme of his folk and balladic Elijah series because it is a sonnet.
10) Even though Brooks contends that the sonnet-ballad's "claim to fame is that I invented it" (1972,186), the poem is in fact a modified Shakespearean sonnet that begins and ends with a balladic refrain.
The term romans (plural, romansy) has been used in Russia for over 200 years to describe both vocal music and a balladic type of poetry; this is because in the Middle Ages of Western Europe, the poet and the composer (i.
The result is a balladic palimpsest whose meaning is constituted by its deep historical layering: in his portrait of pathological eroticism, Keats uncovers the archetype of the femme fatale which underlies so many ballads and romances, tracing the motif to its medieval origins but also making it resonate across time, as if the accumulation of literary allusions were confirmation of the archetype's enduring power" (146).
The "Habsucht" to be thwarted is nothing other than the attempt to exhume biographical or embodied concreteness from its grave beneath the melodic flow of balladic form.
The balladic mode of the one work might indicate a subsidence into a pre-individualistic form of culture dramatized through doubling in the case of the other one (with Bergman's own earlier interest in the balladic, in The Virgin Spring [1960], possibly relevant).
There was also Whitney Houston's Saving All My Love for You and a balladic version of Katy Perry's The One That Got Away.
A tale of love and death, this balladic novella recounts one man's quest for the All and the Absolute.
In a way, she has continued the rich balladic tradition of Estonian romantic and symbolist poetry, but has at the same time successfully introduced varying colloquial rhythms, not common in the previous ballad pattern.