Weekend Intesive: Techniques of the Eternal Ballad


The ballad—a mid-length narrative poem that usually tells a disquieting story—may be the single most common form of folk poetry to come out of Europe, with analogues in other parts of the world as well. In English, the form is alive and well in both folk music and country music, as well as literary poetry. In this class, we’ll learn where the form comes from and how it works, looking at examples from the anonymous Scottish border ballads collected beginning in the 18th century, through their influence on Romantic poets such as Coleridge (in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"), and directly up into the present, including modern poets such as Oscar Wilde, W. H. Auden, Dudley Randall, Bob Dylan, and many more.

***Please note: this class will meet Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Saturday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 2:00 to 4:00 PM, and Sunday 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. 

Upcoming Sessions:
  • Spring 2017
    Instructor: David J. Rothman, PhD
    Starts: 05/12/2017
    Time(s): Varies

    Cost: $195.00 members / $220.00 non-members
    Location: RM. 301 (The Attic) - Lighthouse Writers Workshop
    1515 Race Street, Denver, CO 80206
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