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her latest album is a collection of love ballads.
  a song (or poem) that tells a story
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  • her latest album is a collection of love ballads.
  • ...write a ballad of this dream.
    Shakespeare, William  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • As the Knight sang the last words of the ballad, he ...
    Lewis Carroll  --  Through the Looking-Glass
  • This is a merry ballad;
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter’s Tale

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  • For as long as I remember, especially when in a good mood, he sang this Mexican ballad that I never could figure out the words to.
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • The fiddlers are playing a lilting ballad, and at my nod, the boy takes my hands as confidently as if we’ve been friends for years.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • At Clary’s puzzled look he said, "Faeries don’t like their secrets to get out, but sometimes human musicians have been able to encode faerie secrets into ancient ballads.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • He anagrammed: Call Dana for blow; Ballad for a clown).
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • In doing this, let us pass over innumerable boring stories: the rise and fall of empires, sagas of heroism, ballads of tragic love.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • After any major battle, I liked to get a group photo—along with exclusive rights to compose epic ballads about their exploits.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo

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  • Three or four Ayorthaians at a time occupy the stage in tan and sing long, sad ballads or happy tunes or funny ones, joined by the whole throng in the choruses.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • …been another song altogether, so she stopped and instead she sang him the one about the Man in the Moon who came down too soon, and after that she sang, in her warm country voice, a more recent song about a lad who put in his thumb and pulled out a plum, and she had just started a long ballad about a young country gentleman whose girlfriend had, for no particular reason, poisoned him with a dish of spotted eels, when Silas came around the side of the chapel, carrying a cardboard box.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • He sang it like a Trappist chant without life or humor, just a long, long ballad with piles and piles of verses—like Moolak with piles and piles of salmon.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • What kind of ballad would that make?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • It was an old ballad, apparently, about a young man who loved a young woman (what else?
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Hour after hour of ballads, love songs, mountain airs.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • All they ever play is mopey ballads.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • It was going to be a tragic ballad.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • She passed into another ballad, this time a really doleful one.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • You, who are ballad-maker to Court and City alike, can tell me better than any who the lady is for whom I die of love.
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Il y a longtemps queje t’aime jamais je ne t’oublierai—it’s the old French ballad I used to sing to Alec and Isabelle.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • It’s got that kind of cheesy, power-ballad feel.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • And so he went on with the ballad as far as the lines: O noble Marquis of Mantua, My Uncle and liege lord!
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • I’d rather have a ballad, though: begin.’
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • As I listened to Mr. O’Dwyer run through all the Irish ballads he had ever learned, the breeze would begin to smell of earth and air and a mossy scent that meant only one thing: a thunderstorm.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • But, like Jenny in the ballad….
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • The only rituals that accompanied the process were lines recited from certain ballads and a death feast held afterward for relatives and friends.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Shorter because Aunt J was already up and singing a Garth Brooks ballad, accompanied by the paw of horses, an occasional moo, and the goodnatured yip-yip of dogs.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • I will get Peter Quince to write a ballad of this dream: it shall be called Bottom’s Dream, because it hath no bottom; and I will sing it in the latter end of a play, before the duke: peradventure, to make it the more gracious, I shall sing it at her death.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • In thin, weak little voices they sang the ballad of the young soldier wounded in battle; abandoned by all on the battlefield, he cries out, ’Mother!’ as he dies.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • What did all this portend, and what portended the swift hoisting-up of Monsieur Gabelle behind a servant on horseback, and the conveying away of the said Gabelle (double-laden though the horse was), at a gallop, like a new version of the German ballad of Leonora?
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • From the tavern below a man improvised a ballad about "poor Mack Parker… overcome with passion … his body in the creek."
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • And then privily he wrote unto her letters and ballads of the most goodliest that were used in those days.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • —The ballad of joking Jesus, Stephen answered.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Some sang ballads about Mme. d’Aguillon, his mistress, and Mme. Cambalet, his niece; while others formed parties and plans to annoy the pages and guards of the cardinal duke—all things which appeared to d’Artagnan monstrous impossibilities.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • They were wretched stuff, in the Grub-street-ballad style; and when they were printed he sent me about the town to sell them.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • Bertha Sampson and Pearl Clay of the White Sands Baptist choir had been asked to sing a duet; Milton Clark of Newbridge was to give a violin solo; Winnie Adella Blair of Carmody was to sing a Scotch ballad; and Laura Spencer of Spencervale and Anne Shirley of Avonlea were to recite.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • And then privily he wrote unto her letters and ballads of the most goodliest that were used in those days.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • I shall give him that old bent salad fork with the turquoise in it, and he will bring me a copy of the new ballad that everyone is singing about the d—q—a of Ol—v—s.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • This stichic verse, a single unit repeated row on row, corresponds better to epic hexameters than the rhymed stanzas of lyrics or ballads that were first tried in vernacular epics.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • They joust and have festivals and sing ballads.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • As Fagin stepped softly in, the professional gentleman, running over the keys by way of prelude, occasioned a general cry of order for a song; which having subsided, a young lady proceeded to entertain the company with a ballad in four verses, between each of which the accompanyist played the melody all through, as loud as he could.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • He knew the lyrics of some two hundred hymns and ballads-a repertoire ranging from "The Old Rugged Cross" to Cole Porter-and, in addition to the guitar, he could play the harmonica, the accordion, the banjo, and the xylophone.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • In merry England there is no end of popular ballads on this theme.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • And then the lover, Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad Made to his mistress’ eyebrow.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • Well, my man Scathelocke, or Scarlett, as they call him in the ballads, happened to be woodcutting a little way off, and he says that they vanished, just vanished, including the dog.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Once she asked for a particular ballad, which she said her Ury (who was yawning in a great chair) doted on; and at intervals she looked round at him, and reported to Agnes that he was in raptures with the music.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • I well remember that suggestions arising from this ballad, led us into a train of thought wherein there became manifest an opinion of Usher’s which I mention not so much on account of its novelty, (for other men * have thought thus,) as on account of the pertinacity with which he maintained it.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • This progress you will see easily in that old English ballad TURPIN HERO which begins in the first person and ends in the third person.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • We walked through the flaring streets, jostled by drunken men and bargaining women, amid the curses of labourers, the shrill litanies of shop-boys who stood on guard by the barrels of pigs’ cheeks, the nasal chanting of street-singers, who sang a come-all-you about O’Donovan Rossa, or a ballad about the troubles in our native land.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
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