Ballad Essays

  • Folk Ballad And Ballad

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    than a glimpse at how it was preserved in verse. Medieval ballads are a specific branch of the folk song genre. As the name states, it origins in the medieval times, most likely during the high middle ages, around the late 13th, or the early 14th century. The songs and styles cover a number of topics and the most common themes such as: event/location, love, murder, hard trouble, hero/villain, work, and paranormal. Thousands of folk ballads have been recorded through the efforts of folk literature;

  • The Heroic Voice Rudolph Reed Analysis

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    character. “The Ballad of Rudolph Reed” again piles the form to tell a story with a strong moral or social theme. For the first time, however, the regular stanza serves the heroic concept, as it did partially in the previous poem. Rudolph Reed takes nihilistic action. While political solidarity compels social change, the latter ultimately rests upon the conscience of one who, as Herman Melville observed of Nathaniel Hawthorne, can say “No! in thunder.” The poem comprises sixteen ballad stanzas in

  • They Took My Lover's Tallness Off To War Analysis

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    Gwendolyn Brooks, a world renowned poet, made it her life’s purpose to create changes in the lives of others. “Born June 7, 1917, in Topeka, Kansas” (Contemporary Authors Online 1) her family moved to Chicago when she was very young. Growing up on the south side, Brooks saw the daily struggles that blacks faced. There was a lot of racial tension building, as many more blacks pushed back against oppression. Brooks was, “Deeply involved with black life, black pain and black spirits” (Lee 2). Throughout

  • Literary Devices In The Poem Jabberwocky

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    “Jabberwocky” is a ballad that tells about a heroic quest. Ballads are originally intended to be sung, but “Jabberwocky” is considered a literary ballad, which is meant to be read. True ballads have the third, fifth, and sixth stanzas follow the rhyme form of abca, and the syllable pattern of eight, six, eight, six. The remaining stanzas follow the rhyme

  • The Child Ballad

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    The Child Ballad No. 35, “Allison Gross,” in contrast, fairly differs from both ballads I have discussed so far. Whereas “The Marriage of Sir Gawain” and “Kemp Owyne” are, much like most fairy tales, named after the heroes of the ballad, the name “Allison Gross” comes from the story 's villain: the evil witch. Besides, this ballad does not treat of a stepmother 's relationship to and behavior towards their stepchildren, but rather broaches the issue of “[t]he ugliest witch i’ the north country” (“Allison

  • Dbq Gender Differences

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    For example the ballad “Tis Not Otherwise, the Praise of Married Life (Exercise 14.1 Allen, G. online), reinforces the role of the patriarchal male and how a man would benefit by taking a wife. This ballad is one of 7,859 17th century ballads held on “The English Broadside Ballad Database” (no date), This database shows the extent of topics sung about and a range of genres include political, religious and seditious songs. The number and variety of topics of ballads and their circulation suggests

  • Todd Boss Poem

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    Groundling, where fore art thou groundling. In the epitaph, “My Love for You Is So Embarrassingly” by Todd Boss, the speaker is stuck in an internal ponder between his head and his heart. The title alone emphasizes how grand his love is for the auditor. Then, as the poem progresses he makes a point to show how devotion is taken for granted. This poem differs from your traditional love poem because the speaker challenges his feelings. He is essentially questioning love’s worth because of the other

  • Argumentative Essay: Barbie Is Not A Doll

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    Barbie is not a Doll For quite a long time, an innocent Barbie doll is attacked by a plenty of controversies. Why a child’s toy must sustain these criticisms about feminism, racialism, and nationalism? Apparently, Barbie has been regarded as a man rather than as a doll since she is three-dimensional pinup and has unrealistic and enviable women’s appearance as well as she possesses gorgeous clothes and all kinds of wealthy identity, which make Barbie become a wicked existence. Seemly it could bring

  • I Too Langston Hughes Analysis

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    The Harlem Renaissance is a beautiful and exciting period of American Literature. Throughout class this semester we have talked about America’s literary identity crisis during and after the civil war. We have seen authors struggle with the questions of who are we and what should American literature look and sound like? As we step forward in to the Harlem Renaissance a new group of authors and artist emerge who know exactly who they are and what they have to say about life in America. “America” by

  • Skyscraper Demi Lovato Analysis

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    Part Two: Poetic Devices Poetic devices are used extensively in Demi Lovato’s song “Skyscraper.” In this song, Lovato uses personification to show her depressed feeling. For example “Skies are crying, I am watching” (line 1). Since skies don’t actually cry, this indicates that an inanimate object like skies is given a human characteristic like crying, however, this shows that Lovato is referring to rain as crying since rain represents an emotion of sadness, which explains her depressed mood, and

  • Theme Of Greed In The Rape Of The Lock

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    Greed within the Rape of the Lock Greed is often perceived as wanting to have something no matter who it affects. The Augustan time period was riddled with greed and was not a great time period to live in. A poet named Alexander Pope wrote a poem to push the issue of greed to the spotlight. In his poem, The Rape of the Lock, Pope uses one of the main characters, the Baron,to prove the true greed the courses through the veins of the average human. The Baron’s rudeness, persistence, and

  • The Diction Of Love In A Love Song And Love's Philosophy

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    Is love always a positive influence? The poems “A Love Song” by William Williams and “Love’s Philosophy” by Percy Shelley both discuss love. “A Love Song” is full of negative imagery, and suggests that love changes how one sees the world for the worse. In contrast the poem “Love’s Philosophy” uses positive diction and beautiful imagery to convey the idea that love is something to be desired by all. Both authors convey these themes using the literary devices of diction, imagery, and tone. Both Williams

  • Essay On Ballad Of Birmingham

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    Ballad of Birmingham The Ballad of Birmingham was written by Dudley Randall in 1963. It was written after the bombing of a church on September 15, 1963 (16th Street Baptist Church Bombing). This bombing took place at a church in Birmingham, Alabama. The church was getting ready for their Sunday congregation. In the basement, five young girls were chatting in their best Sunday clothes (16th Street Baptist Church Bombing). The girls were filled with excitement. That Sunday was when the youth was going

  • Rhetorical Analysis Of The Ballad Of Landlord

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    ‘Ballad of Landlord’ lays an emphasis on the conflict with social injustice between people of different social level. Langston Hughes stresses the idea of unfair advantage given to people of higher ranks in society by subtly raising the idea of racial segregation between the blacks and whites. He develops a unique rhythm to represent the different stances between a Negro tenant and a white landlord through uses of dialogue, rhetorical question, and hyperbole. The poem opens up with a repeated structure

  • Madame Defarge And Marquis St. Evremonde In A Tale Of Two Cities

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    “Hate destroys the hater” (Martin Luther King Jr.). In the book A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, the two most malicious, vengeful and barbarous characters are Madame Defarge and the Marquis St. Evremonde. The pair were both inhabitants of the French town of San Antoine; he is an aristocrat and she is a citizen and a revolutionary. Madame Defarge and the Marquis have a unique history; one that is dark and cruel, heart-rendering and acrimonious. Though they have their differences, this sinister

  • The Ballad Of Amelia Mcculler Analysis

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    Miss. Amelia let her hair grow ragged and it was turning gray. Her face lengthened and the great muscles of her body shrank until she was thin as old maids are thin when they go crazy. And those gray eyes slowly day by day they were more crossed and it was as though they sought each other out to exchange a little glance of grief and lonely recognition. She was not pleasant to listen to; her tongue had sharpened terribly. For three years she sat out on the front steps every night, alone and silent

  • The Beggar's Opera Essay

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    This means that even though it is still using songs from the past, as previously discussed, the words are fitted around the play, similar to an opera which mostly comprises of singing all the way through. This brings me onto the difference between ballad operas and jukebox musicals. The definition of a jukebox musical according to (, 2017) is simply “a musical that features popular songs from the past”, which combines various amounts of spoken dialogue, music and dance. Whereas

  • Irony In The Poem The Ballad Of Birmingham

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    seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result. Example: “No, baby,no, you may not go/For I fear those guns will fire./But you may go to church instead/And sing in the children’s choir” (Lines 13-16) Randall “The Ballad of Birmingham” Function Context: Prior to this stanza, a mother’s daughter asks to join the Freedom March in Birmingham, but unfortunately, the mother rejects this request because she fears of the dangers of sending her child to a potentially violent

  • Situational Irony In The Ballad Of Birmingham

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    The “Ballad of Birmingham” was written in response to the bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. The author Dudley Randall, uses a mother and daughter to describe what might have occurred to someone involved in the bombing. The little girl wants to go downtown and participate in one of Birmingham's many freedom marches, but her mother refuses to allow the little girl to attend. Her mother thinks that it is an inappropriate place for a little girl to attend because

  • Dudley Randall's Ballad Of Birmingham

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    Dudley Randall’s “Ballad of Birmingham” is a poem rich with historical context about the bombing of an African American church during a time of segregation. While the poem also addresses the social context of the event, it is primarily focused on the history behind it. Dudley Randall dove into the hearts of Americans by telling them the painful truth of what happened in Birmingham, Alabama with “Ballad of Birmingham.” On September 15, 1963, the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama