Date of Award
Master of Arts in English Composition
This thesis explores the rhetorical effect ballads have had as a medium of argument for those who were "free of literary influences and fairly homogeneous in character." The ballad, speaks to us poetically and by tradition reveals human interests emerging from distress and frustration. Three men (John Lomax, Alan Lomax and Harry Smith) were instrumental in collecting and recording early ballads before they were lost; this effect has lingered from an early period in time to the 1960s, and beyond when the value of ballads was rediscovered.
Peterson, Norma Jeanne, "Ballads as "poetic" rhetoric in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries" (2009). Theses Digitization Project. 3747.