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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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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 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).
This poem has none of the nervous energy and relentless balladic foreboding of its companion piece in Moments of Vision, "The Change," which relates a series of scenes from Hardy's and Emma's early courtship, and climaxes in the hammering repetitions of the "doom by someone spoken" (ll.
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.
Originally formed in the California seaside town of San Luis Obispo, the music of Little Wings imbibes the environment in which it was conceived-a dreamy, balladic tribute to the surreal aspects of the contemporary Californian landscape filled with slightly off-key tales of skateboarding legends, freeway traffic jams, and the hidden beach canyons of the West Coast.
The main reprieve in the soundscape was a French balladic song which was repeated twice.
Although today Fibich's work is overshadowed by the music of Smetana, Dvorak or Janacek, the composer had a rare power and created his own individual style - Fibich's was a talent suited to balladic genres, spring themes, epic stories but also the subtle and symmetrical modelling of melodic motifs.
And the strange, balladic negation in the last line above, which both echoes Poe's ravens famously multivalent "Nevermore" (which means everything and nothing that his speaker asks for), and also rhymes with the "real thing" at hand--the sycamore--embodies with shocking economy "the lesson" available in Howe's new form of theological realism.
29) Dildo and fading are terms for the words of the balladic burden.
This delightful poem (translated by Peter Zollman) reveals a different dynamic at work in Jozsef's writing personality and is--of all things--a 'fun' poem, a tender poem, tending in its English rendition towards the balladic.