A ballad is a form of verse, often a narrative set to music. Ballads originate from the French word ballade which means "dancing songs". Many ballads were written and sold as single sheet broadsides. Broadside were cheap pieces of paper that had only one side printed. Ballads was often used by poets and composers from the 18th century onwards to produce lyrical ballads. Over the centuries ballads have spread around the world and have influenced many cultures .

Sang from the Heart Sire

By Emily Dickenson

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 --