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Sensationalism in the Middle Ages

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Sensationalism in the Middle Ages

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  1. Slighted Woman Spurns Lover’s Deathbed Request Three Dead Sons Visit Mother for Dinner - -------- ------------ ---- ---- ---- -- --- ---- ---- ------ ----- -- - -------- ------------ ---- ---- ---- -- --- ---- ---- ------ ----- -- -- ------- ------------- ---- ------ --- ------ --- -- ----- ------ ---- --- ---- ----- ------ Lord Randall Introducing the Poem Sensationalism in the Middle Ages • These aren’t the latest tabloid headlines. They’re the plots of medieval ballads. In the Middle Ages, just as today, some forms of popular entertainment tended toward the sensational.

  2. Lord Randall Introducing the Poem Poetry of the People Ballads were the poetry of the people, just as popular music is today. Ballads had subjects such as • domestic tragedy • false love • the supernatural • What modern popular songs can you think of that have these same subjects?

  3. Lord Randall Introducing the Poem Poetry of the People The ballads of the Middle Ages • were passed down orally from singer to singer • had strong beats and repetition • were a gift of story passed from generation to generation

  4. Lord Randall Introducing the Poem In this ballad, Lord Randall has just returned from the forest. He tells his mother that all he wants to do is lie down. • Is Lord Randall simply tired from hunting? • What happened in the forest? Was there some kind of foul play, as his mother suspects? [End of Section]

  5. Lord Randall Literary Focus: Ballad Balladsare songs or songlike poems that tell stories in simple, rhythmic language. Ballads usually include • sensational or tragic subject matter • omission of details • supernatural events • a refrain—a repeated word, line, or group of lines

  6. Lord Randall Literary Focus: Ballad Ballad singers often used certain conventions: • incremental repetition—repeating a phrase or sentence, adding a new element each time, to build suspense “O where hae ye been, Lord Randall, my son?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . “Where gat ye your dinner, Lord Randall, my son?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . “What gat ye to your dinner, Lord Randall, my son?”

  7. Lord Randall Literary Focus: Ballad Ballad singers often used certain conventions: • aquestion-and-answer format—series of questions whose answers reveal facts of the story little by little; used to build suspense “O where hae ye been, Lord Randall, my son?O where hae ye been, my handsome young man?” “I hae been to the wild wood; mother, make my bed soon,For I’m weary wi’ hunting and fain wald lie down.”

  8. Lord Randall Literary Focus: Ballad Ballad singers often used certain conventions: • conventional phrases—word groups understood by listeners to have a meaning beyond the literal one • a strong, simple beat • relatively uncomplicated verse forms [End of Section]