Ballads are songlike poems that tell a story, often dealing with adventure, tragedy, or romance. They are structured like songs, with verses that move the action forward and repeated refrains that drive home the main message. Most ballads have a specific rhyme scheme because it is like music which typically rhymes.

Sang from the Heart, Sire, Dipped my Beak in it, If the Tune drip too much Have a tint too Red Pardon the Cochineal -- Suffer the Vermillion -- Death is the Wealth Of the Poorest Bird. Bear with the Ballad -- Awkward -- faltering -- Death twists the strings -- 'Twasn't my blame -- Pause in your Liturgies -- Wait your Chorals -- While I repeat your Hallowed name -- - Emily Dickinson