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How To Write A Ballad Poem?

To write a ballad poem, one should know what it is. Ballads are narrative poems that tell stories. They are often composed in quatrains, stanzas of four lines each, and each quatrain or stanza should have the same rhyme scheme and meter. To begin, one should decide on the story one wants to tell in the poem, perhaps producing an outline. Then, one might decide on a rhyme scheme and start writing.

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In order to write a ballad poem, you will first need to understand what it is and the form such a poem usually takes. A ballad is a poem that tells a story, like a narrative, and it is often written in quatrains, stanzas that have four lines each and share a rhyme scheme and meter (though the rhyme scheme and meter can vary among poems). Are you familiar with Clement C. Moore’s famous poem, “A Visit from Saint Nicholas” (often referred to as “The Night Before Christmas”)? This an example of a ballad poem. It tells the story of one man’s experiences on Christmas Eve: how he goes to bed and is woken up by Santa’s arrival at his house. Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” is another famous example with which you might be familiar.

To begin, then, you should decide on the story you’d like your ballad to tell. It could be about a haunted house, how it got that way, and what spirits live there now (in honor of Halloween next month). It could be about a break-up of a love couple due to some tragic misunderstanding. There are, obviously, scores of possibilities depending on your preference. I would make an outline of the story, just so you can refer back to it as you write. Then, you can begin to compose your quatrains. You could make lines 2 and 4 of each stanza share some end rhyme, or you could compose in rhyming couplets, where lines 1-2 would rhyme with one another, as would lines 3-4 of each quatrain. Just make sure to maintain the same rhyme scheme throughout the entire poem.