balladry

[bal-uh-dree]
noun
1.
ballad poetry.
2.
the composing, playing, or singing of ballads.

Origin:
1590–1600; ballad + -ry

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balladry (ˈbælədrɪ)
 
n
1.  ballad poetry or songs
2.  the art of writing, composing, or performing ballads

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His band's sweet, melancholy songs have helped a generation of listeners rediscover the joys of heartfelt balladry.
And yet this voice does not persuade us that the days of balladry were more poetic than our own.
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