TERM/WEEK: THIRD TERM/WEEK 4
DATE: 12th July, 2020
CLASS: J S S 2
TOPIC: Narrative poems, Ballads
Reference: New Concept English for junior secondary schools. Book 2
Notes for the Pupils
Narrative poetry is a form of poetry that tells a story, it has a full storyline with all the elements of a traditional story. These elements include characters, plot, conflict and resolution, setting and action. A narrative poem does not need a rhyming pattern, it is created with objectives to reach a specific audience.
These poems have been borrowed from oral poetic narratives from different cultures. Narrative poems include old epics, lays and Ballads.
Ballads are narrative. Ballads have a long history and are found in many cultures. The Ballads actually began as a folk song and continue today in popular music. Many love songs today can be considered as ballads. A typical ballad consists of stanzas that contain a quatrine or four lines. All ballads are narrative because they tell a story.
What is a narrative poem?