First published in 1979, this work presents the history of the ballad, including its origin, style, content and preservation. It explores how ballads have adapted and changed over time, particularly with the rise of mass literacy and printing and the decline in the oral tradition, and in doing so, demonstrates the versatility of the genre.
With separate indexes for names and ballad titles, this book will be a valuable resource to those studying English ballads and early modern and modern poetry.
1. Origin of the ballads 2. Style of the ballads 3. Content of the ballads 4. The broadside ballads 5. Survival of the ballads; Bibliography; Index of ballad titles; Index of names
This set of 37 volumes is a revival of the original Critical Idiom series. First published between 1969 and 1979, the volumes in this series provide concise and accessible introductions to a range of critical terms which are key to the study of literature. This set will be a valuable resource for students working with complex literary terminology.