Ballad - Definition of Literary Term. The ballad is probably the simplest form of narrative poem which tells a story in simple and colloquial language. ... So ballad is, in a greater respect, short story in verse. Ballad is a song or a poem and its original version is composed by a single author
The ballad is a poem that is typically arranged in quatrains (four-line stanzas) with the rhyme scheme ABAB. Ballads are usually narrative, which means they tell a story. Ballads began as folk songs and continue to be used today in modern music. Think of a short story in verse.
Story-beginning, middle, end
conflict, climax, resolution/ denouncement
metaphors/ similesrepition/ refrain
rhythm, beat and meter