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Thread #131826   Message #2984202
Posted By: Steve Gardham
10-Sep-10 - 06:07 PM
Thread Name: Child Ballads survived in oral trad.
Subject: RE: Child Ballads survived in oral trad.
"Man is by nature a poetic beast driven to record their experiences in songs and poems" Jim

Both of you are looking at the past through rose-coloured spectacles.

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, those few common men and women who were to any extent literate were slaves with no time to compose such pieces we now call folk songs. These writers were by and large specialists, albeit at the bottom of the literary pile. I'm quite happy to concede they were largely 'of the folk' but they were trying to eke out a living by penning these pieces.

I have never said that the songs were made by 'broadside sellers' though no doubt some were.

Your use of the word 'school' is inappropriate and inaccurate. these were individuals with a little talent and enterprising enough to spot a niche in the market.

I totally denounce your use of the word 'ludicrous'.

Not all of them remained anonymous. Do I have to repeat the list of songs written by John Morgan?