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Ballads in 4-4-4-4

Phil Edwards 02 Dec 11 - 11:56 AM
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Subject: Ballads in 4-4-4-4
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 02 Dec 11 - 11:56 AM

Just out of curiosity: how many traditional ballads are there in 4-4-4-4? The verse form, that is: four lines each of four stresses (as opposed to the more usual 4-3-4-3).

Off hand I can only think of two: Lord Bateman and Thomas the Rhymer. Most of the obvious candidates are either in 4-3-4-3 or in couplets. Any others I'm overlooking?


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Subject: RE: Ballads in 4-4-4-4
From: Newport Boy
Date: 02 Dec 11 - 12:19 PM

I don't know how strictly you're defining traditional ballads, but I can think of:
There is an Alehouse
The Blind Harper
When Fishes Fly

Phil


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Subject: RE: Ballads in 4-4-4-4
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 02 Dec 11 - 12:20 PM

Lord Randall.


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