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Thread #113833   Message #2424242
Posted By: peregrina
28-Aug-08 - 09:22 AM
Thread Name: definition of a ballad
Subject: RE: definition of a ballad
A crucial formal defining feature that sets ballads (whatever they are!) apart from other compositions that were transmitted orally, and in oral-print interaction (like the South Slavic heroic songs studied by Lord and Parry) is that they are have verses (or stanzas), rather than being continuous.