A ballade is a type of poetry, this type of poetry first became popular in the 14th century.
The rhyming pattern for the stanzas is ababbcbC.
The rhyming pattern for the envoy is bcbC.
The capital letter in the rhyming patterns shows where the refrain should be.
Why don’t you try writing a ballade poem and enter it into one of our poetry competitions.
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