When the poetic structure, the ballad was introduced, it was initially not known for tales of love and royal courtship—no—when minstrels first began to sing the ballad, this poetic structure was utilized to tell stories about crime and corrupted behavior. Till this day, the ballad form is still used to allude to characters of rotten inclinations like in the popular 1950s song, “Mack the Knife,” by Bobby Darin; which establishes the killings of a the title character with a Swing-like melody and subtle imagery, inspired by Bertolt Brecht’s main character from his play, The Three Penny Opera. However, the song is not graphic at all, but strange enough has a much more fun tone, than would be expected.
Write a ballad, describing a criminal act or unsavory behavior, it could be silly and tell a childish mystery or some sort of dire and strange human phenomena.
*Keep it school appropriate.*