About Ballad

A type of poetry that has four-line stanzas and a regular rhythm. Usually the second and fourth lines rhyme. Traditional ballads are narrative poems.

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Is the wholly trimeter rhythm of 'The Ride', by Richard Wilbur, enough to stop this poem from being a ballad, even though it meets the other characteristics?

Also known as: Common Measure.

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