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Thread #139895   Message #3211852
Posted By: Roberto
24-Aug-11 - 03:10 AM
Thread Name: Ballad metre
Subject: Ballad metre
Vic Gammon writes in his introduction to The Folk Handbook - Working with songs from the English Tradition, that the ballad metre can be described as 8.6.8.6 (the number of usual syllables per line). He also describes the pattern 14.14.14.14. It seems to me that 8.7.8.7 is much widespread as well: would it be correct to tal about 8.6.8.6/8.7.8.7 as the two most used balladd metres (beside the 14.14.14.14 solution)? Thanks. R