Barbara Allan Essay About Myself

To this day, ballads are still enjoyed by some individual although, many generations ago they were at the very heart of amusement. They were passed on orally, centring interesting subjects such as tragic love. Typically, ballads are fairly simple, they do no tend to focus on characterization, they have a rapid dialogue, they are usually in the form of quatrains, and rhyming in abcb.

The poem "Bonny Barbara Allan" is a typical ballad since it follows the norm by applying four major elements; it is written in quatrains, has an abcb rhyming scheme pattern, rapid dialogues, and a lack of characterization.

Throughout the poem, some words' importance are emphasized by stresses such as in this stanza "slowly, slowly raise she up" gives us the impression that even as we read, it becomes slower and slower. Furthermore, we can identify easily the tragic love present which is again another typical element of ballads.

We can notice this element especially in these two particular quatrain:

"O it's I'm sick, and very, very sick,

And 'tis a' for Barbara Allan:"

"O the better for me ye's never be,

Tho you heart's blood were a spilling. (Line 13-16)

"O dinna ye mind, you man," said she,

"When ye was in the tavern a drinking,

That ye made the healths gae round and round,

And slighted Barbara Allan?" (Line 17-20)

In her stubbornness, Barbara Allan refuses to forgive Sir John Graeme for not toasting to her health even knowing he was ill. She left him to die without complete peace, she held this grudge against him until he passed away. Despite the grudge she held, her love was genuine and consequently chose to die for John. The action of dying for him is not written word for word although, we are not left...


The First Time I Was Injured

“Quang come here,” one of my cousins said as he came to get me. “I want you to play with us,” he kept saying repeatedly. Eventually I gave up and played with them. Are families were having a party tonight. “Today was suppose to be a great day,” I thought when I woke up this morning. In the end it didn’t turn out like I hope it was. It all started during that night at the party.
During this time I was young and I was still in Vietnam. My family and I live in a house inside my grandparents’ land, which was quite large. Today was going to be a great day. My family was having a party for fun, not to celebrate anything. During the party there were so many people everywhere. People were enjoying themselves, eating food, and singing karaoke. My cousins were running around everywhere. My mom was making food in the kitchen with some of her friends and my dad was drinking beer with his friends.
Later, during the party my mom ran out of food to make. She was going to ride her bike to the nearby store to buy more food, but before she did I ask if I could go with her. She did let me go with her, which kind of surprise me since she never let me go with her before. It was a nice ride and I could feel the wind blowing through my hair. The warm wind felt as if I was on the beach. After my mom bought more food and I got some candy we rode our bike back home.
This is where that single moment changes everything during that day for me. As we were riding back down a slope I accidently put my feet inside the bicycle wheel and fell down. “Aaaaaa!” I scream as I fell down the bike with my mom. The pain of the impact was nothing I’ve felt before in my life, well at least during that time. My eyes were close and I could the pain from my feet both from when I put my leg in the wheel and when I...

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