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Ballad Measure

Type:  

Structure, Metrical Requirement, Rhyme Scheme Requirement, Stanzaic

 
Description: 

Ballad measure is a four-line stanzaic form usually rhymed abcb and consisting of alternating tetrameter and trimeter lines. It can be accentual-syllabic, as iambic tetrameter and iambic trimeter, or it can be podic with variable numbers of unaccented syllables. Ballads often have a refrain, burden, or chorus.

 
Schematic: 
a4
b3
c4
b3

Where the numbers represent the number of feet in a line.
 
Rhythm/Stanza Length: 

4

 
Examples: 

 
See Also:  

Accentual-Syllabic Verse, Common Measure, Epic, Fourteeners, Narrative, Podic Verse, Quatrains

 
Status: 

Incomplete

 

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