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Discussion in 'Types Of Poetry' started by MsJacquiiC, Apr 17, 2011.



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    The BALLADE -- not to be confused with the ballad -- is particularly associated with French poetry of the 14th and 15tth centuries. A French verse form, the ballade is usually made up of three stanzas of seven, eight, or ten lines and a shorter final stanza (an envoi) of four or five lines. All stanzas end with the same one-line refrain.

    The rhyme scheme for your typical ballade is usually ababbcbC ababbcbC ababbcbC bcbC, where the capital "C" is the repeated refrain.



    There are many variations to the ballade: the double ballade and the double-refrain ballade. The ballade supreme has ten-line stanzas rhyming ababbccdcD, with the envoi ccdcD or ccdccD. A seven-line ballade, or ballade royal, consists of four stanzas of rhyme royal*, all using the same three rhymes, all ending in a refrain, without an envoi.



    * Rhyme royal is seven lines, usually in iambic pentameter, with the rhyme scheme a-b-a-b-b-c-c. It's generally constructed either as a terza rima and two couplets (a-b-a, b-b, c-c) or a quatrain and a tercet (a-b-a-b, b-c-c)


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    Wow...this seems like a very sexy and romantic type of poetry and would be great for a new creative exercise!!! Thanks for posting Ms Jacquii!!!!!!!!!!

    Kimberly

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