- Border ballad
The English/Scottish border has a long and bloody history of conquest and reconquest, raid and counter-raid (see Wars of Scottish Independence). It also has a stellar tradition of balladry, such that a whole group of songs exists that are often called "border ballads", because they were collected in that region.
Border ballads, like all traditional ballads, were traditionally sung unaccompanied. There may be a repeating motif, but there is no "chorus" as in most pop songs. The supernatural is a common theme in Border ballads, as are recountings of raids and battles.
Representative samples include "Thomas the Rhymer" (aka "True Thomas", Thomas of Erceldoune"), which opens in the Scottish town of Erceldoune ( modern Earlston, Berwickshire); and the very famous "Tam Lin".
The interested reader is referred to Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Sir Walter Scott.The bare rolling stretch of country from the North Tyne and Cheviots to the Scottish southern uplands was for a long time the territory of men who spoke English but had the outlook of Afghan tribesmen; they prized a poem almost as much as plunder, and produced such an impressive assembly of local narrative songs that some people used to label all our greater folk poems as 'Border ballads'. AL Lloyd, 'Folk Song in England'.p.150
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
border ballad — type of spirited heroic ballad celebrating the raids, feuds, seductions, and elopements on the border between England and Scotland in the 15th and 16th centuries, where neither English nor Scottish law prevailed. Among the better known… … Universalium
Border ballad — De l anglais, littéralement ballades de frontière , il s agit ici de la frontière qui sépare l Angleterre de l Écosse. Cette frontière a une longue histoire de sang, de conquête et reconquête, attaque et contre attaque (voir Guerres d… … Wikipédia en Français
ballad — balladic /beuh lad ik/, adj. balladlike, adj. /bal euhd/, n. 1. any light, simple song, esp. one of sentimental or romantic character, having two or more stanzas all sung to the same melody. 2. a simple narrative poem of folk origin, composed in… … Universalium
Border Reivers — For other uses, see Border Reivers (disambiguation). Reiver redirects here. For the radio station, see Reiver FM. Reivers redirects here. For the American actor, see David Reivers. For other uses, see The Reivers (disambiguation). Reivers at… … Wikipedia
ballad — Ballads, specifically folk ballads (also called traditional or popular ballads), are narrative folk songs transmitted orally among the common people in preliterate or partially literate societies.While ballads are known to have existed… … Encyclopedia of medieval literature
Ballad of Easy Rider — For the album, see Ballad of Easy Rider (album) Infobox Single Name =Ballad of Easy Rider Cover size = Border = Caption = Artist =The Byrds Album =Easy Rider A side = B side = Oil in My Lamp Wasn t Born to Follow Released =October 1, 1969 Format … Wikipedia
Border Girl — Infobox Album | Name = Border Girl Type = Album Artist = Paulina Rubio Released = June 18, 2002 Recorded = 2001 Genre = Latin Pop Length = 62:03 Label = Universal Records Producer = Reviews = * Allmusic Rating|2.5|5… … Wikipedia
Border Song — Infobox Single Name = Border Song Artist = Elton John from Album = Elton John Released = April, 1970 Format = vinyl record (7 ) Recorded = Trident Studios B side = Bad Side of the Moon Genre = Gospel, Rock Length = 3:22 Label = Congress… … Wikipedia
ballad revival — ▪ literary movement the interest in folk poetry evinced within literary circles, especially in England and Germany, in the 18th century. Actually, it was not a revival but a new discovery and appreciation of the merits of popular poetry,… … Universalium
Anglo-Scottish border — Border country redirects here. For the novel, see Border Country (novel). Map of the modern border Scotland is to the north and England is to the south … Wikipedia