Poetic Origins And The Ballad

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This scarce antiquarian book is included in our special Legacy Reprint Series. In the interest of creating a more extensive selection of rare historical book reprints, we have chosen to reproduce this title even though it may possibly have occasional imperfections such as missing and blurred pages, missing text, poor pictures, markings, dark backgrounds and other reproduction issues beyond our control. Because this work is culturally important, we have made it available as a part of our commitment to protecting, preserving and promoting the world's literature.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781116420142
  • Publisher: BiblioBazaar
  • Publication date: 10/29/2009
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 0.63 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 7.00 (d)

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CHAPTER III BALLADS AND THE ILLITERATE " A ballad," says F. Sidgwick, " is, and always has been, so far from being a literary form that it is in its essentials not literary, and it, we shall see, has no single form. It is of a genre not only older than the Epic, older than Tragedy, but older than literature, older than the alphabet. It is lore, and belongs to the illiterate." " You cannot write a popular ballad; in truth you cannot even write it down. At best you can but record a number of variants, and in the act of writing each one down you must remember that you are helping to kill that ballad." Professor Gummere speaks of " The homogeneous and unlettered state of the ballad-makers " and remarks that " Indeed, paper and ink, the agents of preservation in the case of ordinary verse, are for ballads the agents of destruction." 2 Professor Charles S. Baldwin refers to " unrecorded tales; tales not written but sung; tales composed, not for gentlefolk, but for the common unlettered people. These are the ballads." " Beginning in whatever way among the common people," he continues, " they were cherished, circulated, and handed down among the common people." 3 1 The Ballad, pp. 7, 39. 2 The Popular Ballad, and " Ballads " in A Library of the World's Best Literature. English Mediceval Literature, pp. 242, 331. When contemporary English and American scholars speak of " ballads " they have reference to narrative songs of the character of those included by Professor F. J. Child in his English and Scottish Popular Ballads. Although Professor Child's name, " popular" ballads, is much the safer name, it is customary to speak of the pieces in his collection as " traditional" ballads, and tothink of oral preservation as a test of their inclusion. In fact, it is pretty widely ...
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