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Thread #166098   Message #3991202
Posted By: GUEST,matt milton
07-May-19 - 03:54 AM
Thread Name: If you don't like ballads......
Subject: RE: If you don't like ballads......
There are good ballads and bad ballads - or I should say ones that interest me and ones that don't. Just like there are some Dickens novels that I really enjoyed reading and others (generally the earlier ones) that seem a bit like hackwork to me.

There does seem to be one hallmark of the ballads that do it for me personally: they have a sense of the epic to them. Done well, like Martin Carthy singing 'Willie's Lady' they can seem like a magic spell or a cathartic tragedy. The repetition, the fact that they do take a long time, that's all part of it.