I have a hard time with “formulaic” poetry. Not only does it usually sound forced…it sounds antiquated, which isn’t bad, when I’m reading a favorite “old” poem. For example, I love Poe’s “Annabel Lee”…. but I would sound silly writing that – childish, and overplayed. But, I’m going to give it a shot, as I am now on to Ballads in my challenge.
Elements of the ballad style of poetry include:
- Commonly, stanzas of four, eight or twelve lines, with variations on these. The rhyming pattern is usually ABAB or AABB. There is no limit to the number of stanzas.
- A narrative story being told, perhaps of heroism or folklore
- Many ballads use humor
- personal characteristics of loyalty, courage, heroism, etc. being extolled
- sometimes there is the use of a repeated refrain