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English Verse

Double Ballad Stanza is a verse form which basically doubles the ballad stanza. However, unlike the ballad it need not tell a story. It can simply be an observation.

The elements of the Double Ballad Stanza are:

  1. An octastich made up of 2 quatrains.
  2. metric, accentual, (The ballad utilizes an accentual line and the stress is what counts not the meter, alternating 4 stress, 3 stress.)
  3. rhymed, rhyme scheme of xa(b-b) axcxc (x being unrhymed) with an internal rhyme in the 3rd and expletive line.

    Tell All the Truth but Tell it Slant by Emily Dickinson 1872

    Tell all the Truth but tell it slant---
    Success in Circuit lies
    Too bright for our infirm Delight
    The Truth's superb surprise
    As Lightning to the Children eased
    With explanation kind
    The Truth must dazzle gradually
    Or every man be blind---

~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

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