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The Ballad of Father Gilligan

William Butler Yeats

Ballad

A ballad is a narrative poem consisting of simple stanzas and usually having a refrain. Ballads have their origin in the folk tradition and are meant to be sung.
The prominent features of a ballad are the following:
narrative ( tells a story)
folksy (simple and pertaining to the oral  folk tradition)
musical
dramatic (full of dialogues and action)
usually has a sudden and unexpected beginning
Structure
The poem The Ballad of Father Gilligan by William Butler Yeats is a ballad.
The poem stanzaic in structure with twelve stanzas of four lines each (quatrain). In each stanza, the first and the third lines do not rhyme but the second line rhymes with the fourth line.
Theme
God is mercy, pity and love. The poem is an affirmation of a loving, kind God Who showers his beneficence to all his creations.
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