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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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As a particularly cynical take on past and future anti-monarchic upheaval, the poem is titled "1649-1793--???" (not as puzzling as it appears once the poem is read to the end) but is usually anthologized under its first line, "Die Britten zeigten sich sehr rude." Using a dry balladic tone to catalogue the demise of English and French monarchs, Heine imagines a German revolution in which its king or Kaiser, too, is led to the guillotine.
HONNE's magic lies in their ability to turn their balladic hits into pop-rock anthems when they hit the stage.
This countryside of sties, barns, and "windworn flowers" is extracted from an Romantic topography, whilst the poem's metrically regular ABCB quatrains are derived from the English balladic tradition.
It is worth noting that Zhukovsky also uses a six-line strophic structure with alternating line lengths, although the balladic rhythm is manifestly different from Chenier's ode (as from Lermontov's "Neighbor"), with two alternating iambic te trameter and monometer lines followed by a tetrameter couplet.
105-35 ("breakdown" of epic into balladic and other forms; the routines of a sahra session; master singer in performance).
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.
The poem "The Prophet Elijah" is the acme of his folk and balladic Elijah series because it is a sonnet.
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.e., troubadours) were the same person.
Richard Gray suggests that As I Lay Dying has a "balladic quality" (152), but ultimately makes only the general observation that its narrative "strategy is similar to that of a folksong or ballad, in which a particular story being remembered ...
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.