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Thread #139929   Message #3214402
Posted By: MGM·Lion
29-Aug-11 - 06:59 AM
Thread Name: How old are the oldest Child ballads?
Subject: RE: How old are the oldest Child ballads?
Of course, archetypal memories of ancient beliefs can surface as a sort of race-memory in much later work. Think of The Old Oak Tree ~~ an early-C19-melodrama type tale if ever there was; you can practically see Squire MacAllin's cloak and tall hat and mustachios: and yet in the middle crops up the ancient idea that a murdered corpse will induce a confession by bleeding afresh in the presence of its murderer.

~Michael~