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Thread #113833   Message #2424072
Posted By: Jim Carroll
28-Aug-08 - 03:48 AM
Thread Name: definition of a ballad
Subject: RE: definition of a ballad
I've always thought that the 'make-it-up-as -you-go-along' and 'words-mean-what-I-want-them-to-mean' philosophy would lead to the death of communication (pretty much as has happened on the folk scene). Definition is about consensus in the long term, misuse of words leads to chaos, the lexicographers arbitrate so we can still keep talking to each other.

A ballade is:
A. A verse form usually consisting of three stanzas of eight or ten lines each stanza, and an envoy, or brief final stanza, ending with the same last line as that of the preceding stanzas.
B. A musical composition, usually for the piano, having the romantic or dramatic quality of a ballad.

Got that from a dictionary so therefore is not to be trusted!!!
Jim Carroll