B is for Ballad

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Ballad – A short narrative poem with stanzas of two or four lines and usually a refrain. The story of a ballad can originate from a wide range of subject matter but most frequently deals with folk-lore or popular legends. They are written in straight-forward verse, seldom with detail, but always with graphic simplicity and force. Most ballads are suitable for singing and, while sometimes varied in practice, are generally written in ballad meter, i.e., alternating lines of iambic tetrameter and iambic trimeter, with the last words of the second and fourth lines rhyming.

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The Ballad of Maria Makiling

REFRAIN:
There was a mysterious fairy
Guarding Mount Makiling
Her long hair floating in the air
Her singing echoing
I.
She appeared after a storm
Wandered around the woods
She mended wings of butterflies
Replaced nests on branches
II.
Storm vanished as she walked by
Roses and orchids bloomed
Birds built nests and chirped happily
Deer ran around again
(REFRAIN)
III.
She was known to have a good heart
Helped old women get wood
Left them with gold nuggets and coins
Cooked meals for hunters, too
IV.
Nowadays they saw less of her
Why? Excessive hunting
And people cut a lot of trees
Which disappointed her
(REFRAIN)

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