Welcome to The British Literary Ballads Archive, a site dedicated to a unique genre of literary imitations of traditional ballads. The site contains a growing archive of over 700 poems, as well as short biographical sketches of the poets who wrote them.

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Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-94)


British poet. She was a pious Christian and wrote many devotional verses and children’s poems. Her most famous works areGoblin Market and Other Poems (1862) and Sing-Song: a Nursery Rhyme Book (1872). Her biographers reported her to be a calm, quiet and innocent woman, totally in contrast with her free-spirited brother, Dante Gabriel. In her ballads, however, we find her passionate nature as a new Victorian woman beneath the surface of the poetry. The form of the ballad concealed her personality and her strong will. (M. M.)

1.A Ballad of Boding
2.Ballad (“Soft white lamb in the daisy meadow”)
3.Love from the North
4.Maude Clare