[PDF Notes] On the basis of meters used in how many categories can ballads be divided

The term ballad come to be loosely applied to any narrative poem in the ballad meter, i.e., in a quatrain or four lined stanza with alternate rhymes, the first and third lines being eight syllable, and the second and fourth six- syllable.

In this way, it is possible to divide ballads into two kinds of categories; the “Popular ballad’ with its simplicity, its apparent ease and artlessness, and its primitive feeling, and the “literary ballad’, the conscious imitation of a later date of the original popular ballad.

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