• 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

    action

    exposition

    metaphors/ similesrepition/ refrain

    imagery/ color

    onomatopoeia

    dialogue

    alliteration

    personification

    hyperbole

    stanza

    rhythm, beat and meter