Quiz: Remember the definition of mal de mer?
A simple narrative song, or a narrative poem suitable for singing. The ballad usually has a short stanza, such as:
There are twelve months in all the year,
As I hear many men say,
But the merriest month in all the year
Is the merry month of May.
A simple narrative song, or, alternatively, a narrative poem suitable for singing. (See under “Conventions of Written English.”)