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10 Characteristics of a Ballad
A song that tells a story
Concentrates on a single episode
Deals with material of universal appeal
Uses vocabulary of everyday speech
Lack of specific detail
Has an abrupt ending
Includes some sort of refrain or repeated line
A) 4 line stanzas
B) First and third lines have four stresses
C) Second and fourth lines have three stresses
D) ABCB rhyming pattern