A form (not to be confused with the ballad) that originated in France in the 14th and 15th centuries, usually consisting of three eight-line stanzas followed by a four-line envoi. The last line of each stanza and the envoi is a refrain. The rhyme scheme is ababbcbC repeated three times, and then bcbC, with the capital letter being the refrain.
A description of the form with numerous examples, both ancient and modern.
A Ballade of Suicide
A humorous example of the form by G.K. Chesterton.
Ballade of the Hanged
Francois Villon's epitaph in both English and French, with a description of the form and a short biography of the poet.
Examples of Ballade Poetry
A large number provided by members of poetrysoup.com.
Francois Villon: Ballades
Two by the early master of the form, one translated by Rossetti and one by Swinburne.
Poetry Form - The Ballade
A description of the form with instructions on how to write one.
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