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Ballad is a narrative type of poetry it tells the reader a story. Ballads usually have a rhyme scheme which is when certain lines rhythm with each other.Some ballads can be recited with music  and can be quite lyrical. Ballads can be serious or even humorous. Here is an example of a ballad below.

The Gothic Ballad     

  I walk carelessly down the dark road  

My heavy black boots constantly clicking
Clicking on the cold cement
My long black and velvet Trench coat