Originally, a ballad was made to be sung. It is usually in short narrative form and often tells a story. Literary ballads often use many literary devices and conventions.
(ex. Keats' "La Belle Dame sans Merci" and Wilde's' "Ballad of Reading Gaol")
A type of four-line stanza rhyming ABCB.
An account of someone's life. Usually, biographies require much research and attain a thesis illustrated throughout the work.
Unrhymed verse but limited to iambic pentameter. Many English poets favoured this type of poetry.
(ex. Shakespeare's "Macbeth" and Milton's Paradise Lost)
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