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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W. M. Thackeray (1811-63)



English novelist and poet. William Makepeace Thackeray was born in Calcutta, India, and was sent to England when he was five. He is famous as a satirist who wrote The Book of Snobs (1847), Vanity Fair (1848) and other works, but the reason he left Trinity College, Cambridge in less than one year, was that he had been devoting himself to writing poetry. Though it is reported that he endured all sorts of suffering, such as his father’s death in his infancy and his wife’s lunacy, his poetry is full of humour, which he believed to be essential for life. (M. M.)

1.The Ballad of Bouillabaisse
2.The Ballad of Eliza Davis
3.The Cane-Bottom'd Chair
4.Damages, Two Hundred Pounds
5.The Excellent New Ballad of Mr. Peel at Toledo
6.The Flying Duke
7.The King of Brentford’s Testament
8.The Knight and the Lady
9.The Lamentable Ballad of the Foundling of Shoreditch
10.Little Billee
11.The Willow-Tree
12.The Willow-Tree (Another Version)
13.A Woeful New Ballad of the Protestant Conspiracy to Take the Pope’s Life
14.The Wofle New Ballad of Jane Roney and Mary Brown