Norton Poetry Readathon - 11

(A chronicle of an attempted read through of The Norton Anthology of Poetry - 2,182 pages and 1,828 poems.)

After a sampling of the works of William Dunbar and John Skelton we're on to a selection from that renowned poet, Anonymous, in the form of a bunch of Early Modern Ballads. I'm not well versed in this sort of thing but I was familiar with a few of these, such as Lord Randal and Bonny Barbara Allan. If you are familiar with these old ballads then you're aware that they are not exactly what you'd call upbeat. Not much going on in the way of happy endings.

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