Ballad Stanza Notes

The basic ballad stanza is made up of four lines. It has an alternating couplet at lines two and four. The lines also alternate between tetrameter and trimeter. This gives the following structure

xxxxxxxa
xxxxxb
xxxxxxxc
xxxxxb

Example: The Little Boy Lost by William Blake

“Father, father where are you going?
Oh do not walk so fast!
Speak, father, speak to your little boy,
Or else I shall be lost.”

The night was dark, no father was there,
The child was wet with dew;
The mire was deep, and the child did weep,
And away the vapour flew

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