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Exploring Pre 1914 Poetry A ballad is a poem which tells a story, there are three different types of ballad, literary, broadside and folk ballads. These all have a very strong narrative, include powerful characters and comprise emotional social or political events or topics. Broadside ballads were quite similar to the newspapers these days, the topics were largely based on news and the language was easy, similar to this of tabloid newspapers to this day. These ballads were sometimes anonymous since they contained contervisal issues and political problems therefore therefore the writer could be killed if the government surfaced. Broadside ballads were composed on a single large piece of paper known as a broadside. They also were entertaining but coated serious issues too. A few broadside ballads I looked at including "Danny Deever" by Rudyard Kipling during 1890, "Clever Tom Clinch Moving to Be Hanged" by Jonathon Swift at 1726 and "The Battle Of Ned Ludd" at 1812. This was unknown due to its contervsial views and by supporting the Luddites. Folk ballads were also anonymous as this type of ballad has been passed by word of mouth so therefore its origin or author(s) was forgotten or unknown. They were not written down, were a part of an oral tradition and were mainly found one of schizophrenic and semi-literate people. Folk ballads tend to be dreadful and magnificent; they were drawn from the natural universe and folklore, usually about local individuals and neighborhood concerns. But people ballads were going to have been changed in their origin over time as it was passed from 1 teller to another; it might be likely that the ballad will be shorter and d.. .