What is a Ballad?

What is a Ballad?

A Ballad is a short narrative poem with stanzas of two or four lines and usually a refrain. The story of a ballad originates from a folk-lore or popular urban legends. They are written in straight-forward verse,  simplicity and force. Most ballads are arranged as alternating lines of iambic tetrameter and iambic trimeter, with the last words of the second and fourth lines rhyming.

I hope you enjoy “The Ballad of the Jersey Devilthat I have written for my future book:

The Ballad of the Jersey Devil

Refrain:

Oh, do you know about the roads

That leads to shores of Jersey?

A few will walk the roads alone,

For the Devil is thirsty.

(I)

One such stormy night,

Mother Leeds was brought to bed,

For childbirth has arrived,

It was time to wake the dead.

(II)

Rumors occurred about Mother Leeds

While given birth to her baby,

She sworn she would give birth to a devil

For witchcraft had made her crazy.

(Refrain)

(III)

That night she had awoken

The child began to change.

The room erupted with screams,

As the baby looked deranged!

(IV)

The child grew at an enormous rate,

Becoming taller than a man,

So she turned and left him there

Her heart, it broke in two and she ran.

(Refrain)

(V)

With a harsh cry,

The beast which resembled a dragon,

Took off after the mother,

Killing her as she hid behind a wagon.

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