the metre of a ballad stanza
a seller of ballads. an inferior poet. Historical Examples Jean Francois was a vagabond by nature, a balladmonger by profession. Orpheus in Mayfair and Other Stories and Sketches Maurice Baring If a balladmonger of the day may be believed, he squandered 100l. Ireland Under the Tudors, Vol. II (of 3) Richard Bagwell noun (formerly) a […]
- Ballad of reading gaol
a poem (1898) by Oscar Wilde.
- Ballad opera
a theater entertainment of 18th-century England, consisting of popular tunes, folk songs, and dialogue. Historical Examples Charleston also claims the first performance of ballad opera on record in America . Annals of Music in America Henry Charles Lahee It may be regarded as a species of prototype of the burletta or ballad opera of later […]
- Ballad stanza
a four-line stanza consisting of unrhymed first and third lines in iambic tetrameter and rhymed second and fourth lines in iambic trimeter, often used in ballads. Historical Examples These specimens show the ballad stanza, which is made of a sort of septenary resolved into short lines of four and three accents. English Verse Raymond MacDonald […]