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lyric

(Encyclopedia) lyric, in ancient Greece, a poem accompanied by a musical instrument, usually a lyre. Although the word is still often used to refer to the songlike quality in poetry, it is more generally used...

ballad

(Encyclopedia) ballad, in literature, short, narrative poem usually relating a single, dramatic event. Two forms of the ballad are often distinguished—the folk ballad, dating from about the 12th cent., and ...

ballade

(Encyclopedia) ballade bəläd´ [key], in literature, verse form developed in France in the 14th and 15th cent. The ballade usually contains three stanzas of eight lines with three rhymes and a four-line en...

Lyrical Poems

ContentsBefore the AltarSuggested by the Cover of a Volume of Keats's PoemsApples of HesperidesAzure and GoldPetalsVenetian GlassFatigueA Japanese Wood-CarvingA Little SongBehind a WallA Winte…

ballad opera

(Encyclopedia) ballad opera, in English drama, a play of comic, satiric, or pastoral intent, interspersed with songs, most of them sung to popular airs. First and best was The Beggar's Opera (1728) by ...

John G. Neihardt: Ballad of a Child

Ballad of a ChildJohn G. NeihardtYearly thrilled the plum tree With the mother-mood; Every June the rose stock Bore her wonder-child: Every year the wheatlands Reared a golden brood: World of …

Poems Chiefly Lyrical

The poems numbered I-XXIV which follow, were published in 1830 in the volume Poems chiefly Lyrical. (London: Effingham Wilson, Royal Exchange, 1830.) They were never republished by Tennyson.ContentsTh…

Brewer's: Ballads

“Let me make the ballads, and who will may make the laws.” Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun, in Scotland, wrote to the Marquis of Montrose, “I knew a very wise man of Sir Christ…

Brewer's: Ballad

means, strictly, a song to dance-music, or a song sung while dancing. (Italian, ballare, to dance, ballata, our ballad, ballet [q.v.]). Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Br…

A Ballad of the Mulberry Road

A Ballad of the Mulberry RoadThe sun rises in south-east corner of things To look on the tall house of the Shin For they have a daughter named Rafu (pretty girl). She made the name for herself…