BROADSIDE BALLAD, street ballad

T.V.F.B.; A.B.F.
January 1993
New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry & Poetics;1993, p148
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The article presents a definition of the term BROADSIDE BALLAD, street ballad. A song printed on a single sheet and hawked about the streets, esp. in British towns and country fairs during the period 1500-1920 and in Germany. The broadsheet was usually decorated with a crude woodcut or border and recommended that the song be sung to a popular tune, though musical notation was seldom given. Their authors were often maligned as "pot poets," a reference to the alehouse.


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