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What is a Ballade?


A ballade is a type of poetry, this type of poetry first became popular in the 14th century.

The Structure of a Ballade

A Ballade poem should have three stanzas and an envoy/envoi.

The rhyming pattern for the stanzas is ababbcbC.

The rhyming pattern for the envoy is bcbC.

The capital letter in the rhyming patterns shows where the refrain should be.

Example of a Ballade




Why don’t you try writing a ballade poem and enter it into one of our poetry competitions.

or information on poetry types other than an acrostic visit our poetry glossary – poetry types.

Poetry Types

Acrostic Epigram Lyric Shakespearean Sonnet
Ballad Free verse Ottava rima Sonnet
Ballade Haiku Pantoum Tanka Poem
Blank verse Horatian Ode Pindaric Ode Terza rima
Cinquain Irregular Ode Riddle Tetractys
Diamante Kennings Rondeau Triolet
Echo Verse Kyrielle Senryu Tyburn
Epic Limerick Shape Poem  
 
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