Personification In The Three Ravens

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“The Three Ravens” is an english folk ballad, which was first printed in a song book Melismata compiled by Thomas Ravenscroft. It was published in the year 1611.
It is a ballad about three ravens who take up a scavenger bird conversation about where and what they should eat for breakfast that morning.
In the ballad “The Three Ravens” Thomas Ravenscroft uses personification and colourful imagery to discuss the ballad, and in the ballad the reader is led to expect something, but we discover a whole new theme in the ballad which is very interesting to know about. And the Thomas Ravenscroft uses a non-scavenger as a scavenger bird in the ballad.

“There were three ravens that sat on a tree.” (Ravenscroft,Thomas,“The Three Ravens”(1611) Ballad provided by the instructor). According to the poet he says that there were three ravens who sat on a tree “They were as black as they might be.” (Ravenscroft,Thomas,“The Three Ravens”(1611) Ballad provided by the instructor). As we all know that all ravens are black. When one of the raven asks the other ravens what is their breakfast for today.

“Down in yonder green fields, There lies a knight slain under his shield.”(Ravenscroft,Thomas,“The Three Ravens”(1611) Ballad provided by the instructor). one of the raven tells the other ravens that our breakfast is the green field, were lies a knight who is dead. And the knight is being guarded by a shield. In this ballad the ravens are considered as scavengers which is wrong, because as we all people know that ravens are not scavengers and they mostly feed other small insects and worms and they also feed on eggs of other smaller birds.

In this ballad “The Three Ravens” the ravens are considered as wild birds who feed on dead organisms. But ravens as we know are not tame animals as they do not welcome any human presence near them but they also do not depend on dead meat as given in the ballad. In the Ballad “The Three Ravens” the ravens are mostly given a character that is suitable for a scavenger like vulture.

“Down there comes a fallow doe, As great with your as she might go.”(Ravenscroft,Thomas,“The Three Ravens”(1611) Ballad provided by the instructor). Now in the ballad there is a magical touch where there is a lady who is
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