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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Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-82)


 

English poet and painter, born in London to Italian parents. In 1848, Rossetti, as a painter-poet, founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and became the leader of the group. His collection of sonnets, House of Life, was published in 1870 (and 1881), and it is counted as his masterpiece. Now, however, he has been highly reevaluated as a talented storyteller in his literary ballads. Rossetti, having read Thomas Percy's Reliques of Ancient English Poetry (1765) at the age of fifteen, skillfully produced a ballad-like atmosphere in his works, where we find his own Gothicism and a taste for sexual motifs as well. (M. M.)

1.The Blessed Damozel
2.Eden Bower
3.The Ballad of Jan Van Hunks
4.The King’s Tragedy
5.My Sister’s Sleep
6.Rose Mary
7.Sister Helen
8.The Staff and Scrip
9.Stratton Water
10.Troy Town
11.The White Ship