Essay on Ballad

Views on the penal System: The Dungeon and The Convict

Upon first glance there is a slight contradiction within The Convict. It is written in typical ballad form (as favoured by Wordsworth) – a light, jaunty rhythm. This may be appropriate for the first stanza but soon seems to contrasts with the subject matter – that of a forlorn convict in a prison cell. This […]

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The Ballad of Father Gilligan

The poem takes the form of a ballad which was traditionally sung with short and regular stanzas telling a short but profoundly meaningful story. Yeats’s poems are not usually overtly religious, but this poem is one. Though Yeats was a protestant who later turned to theosophy and mysticism, this poem is Catholic in tone. Also […]

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