Bonnie Barbara Allan's Bonnie Barbara Allan

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Traditional of folk ballads are thought to be the oldest type, uniquely enough, often contain questions in one of more of the stanzas however, not all of them do. For example, the ballad Bonnie Barbara Allan. Bonnie Barbara Allan is a typical traditional ballad meaning that it has an indefinite amount of quatrains, and a question and answer format but doesn’t follow a particular rhyme scheme. Nonetheless, it is still a love story that ends in the death of one or more people, one being a noble. Another common thing about ballads is that the last line of each stanza is very similar to the rest in one way or another. In Bonnie Barbara Allan, almost all of the stanzas end in the name Barbara Allan.
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