A Ballad about Ballads

After writing my sonnet about sonnets, I decided to branch out and start included a few other forms of common verse into the “curriculum.” So this poem is all about how to write a ballad, written in ballad meter.

A Ballad about Ballads
by Katherine Ashewode, “The Pocket Bard”
March 2008

A ballad isn’t hard to write,
No matter what you say;
Just listen to the rules you hear,
And you’ll be on your way.

Now every stanza has four lines
Of alternating size,
It’s “four and three” and “four and three,”
If you would take the prize.

“But what are ‘four and three’?” you ask,
Well, that’s iambic feet,
Now don’t be scared! It only means,
“Da DUM” will be your beat.

There’s one more thing you need to know,
That’s where your rhymes should be.
Lines two and four must share a sound,
But not lines one and three.

Now you can write in ballad verse
And it’ll come out fine.
So don’t be nervous, don’t be scared,
It can’t be worse than mine!


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