Balada Notes

With an insistent refrain the Balada is a dance song with a full refrain after each stanza. The refrain’s first line is also repeated after the first and second line or section of each stanza. The poem consists of three etanzaic verses of at least five lines, such as quintets, sestets, octets, etc. The first two stanzas are identical in structure and the third forms the refrain or the repos

There is no set meter, although 6 or 7 syllable lines are the most common.

Rhyme scheme using quintains: AbAbA bAbaA bAbaB

.Example

Dumb Them Down by Larry Eberhart

Don’t let them learn too much,
just dumb them down in school.
Don’t let them learn too much,
they’re easier to fool.
Don’t let them learn too much.

Get them before pre-school.
Don’t let them learn too much.
Indoctrination’s cool;
they’ll need us for a crutch.
Don’t let them learn too much.

Do not allow home-school,
Don’t let them learn too much.
Elites must not lose rule,
Send them to war and such,
Don’t let them learn too much

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