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{Saturday} ~ Ballads

While it's not as common in today's music as it was at one point, a ballad once referred to poems that told actual stories, frequently set to music. Today, we encourage you to share your favorite ballad, in the 'story-song' type of sense. Examples of the genre would be Don McLean's 'American Pie' or Johnny Cash's 'A Boy Named Sue'-- songs that tell a story, as well as satisfy in a musical sense.

Muse: Alice Liddell
Canon: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Words: 91
{{OOC: It really was the obvious choice, hee. Whilst the University of Maine Singers have a very entertaining version, I do love Donovan's & think it is more ballad-y (there are several other “Jabberwocky” adaptations on YouTube, as well) ^_^ Also, I think this might be the first Saturday Music prompt that I haven’t answered OOC/meta-ly. Huzzah!}}

One of the most famous Wonderlandian ballads tells the story of a boy who must slay a fearsome creature. It's far too short to be considered an epic, of course, but it does have that sense of the folk-hero on a quest.

I do not know for certain just how much fantasy it contains—for whilst mome raths and jubjub birds do live in the Tulgey Wood, I haven't been able to find a straight answer on whether or not jabberwocky exist (they seem to be mythical, but one never knows) ...


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Feb. 27th, 2011 12:59 am (UTC)
I love this :')
Feb. 27th, 2011 02:38 am (UTC)
Oh, this is lovely! That is a fantastic poem.

For what it's worth, we do have Jabberwocks in my world. Terrifying beasts. Her Majesty's White Knight is famous for killing a particularly terrible one.
Feb. 27th, 2011 04:26 am (UTC)
It's rather a favourite among Wonderland's minstrels.

Oh dear! You haven't had any encounters with them, I hope?

I do go quite near the Tulgey Wood on occasion (it's almost necessary to do so to get from some parts of the Realm to others)—I've even crossed it at times. If jabberwocky do exist and are anything like the stories suggest ... but that's neither here nor there.

As fond as I am of Sir Charles, I'm not sure how successful he'd be against a jabberwock (he can hardly stay on his horse for two paces together).
Feb. 27th, 2011 05:19 am (UTC)
I can't say I'm surprised. Our Mr. Carroll occasionally recites snatches of it while he's working.

Oh no -- fortunately they're a rare breed. My personal experience with anything close to "monsters" is limited to snarks, I'm happy to say. Though Alice -- my Alice -- tells me there's jabberspawn lurking in certain areas of Wonderland Park. They're the result of a failed experiment to make a tame jabberwock and are quite nasty creatures. I hope never to encounter one.

Oh dear. . .I do hope you continue to pass through unharmed. I'd hate to see you injured.

Heh -- not much good has been said of Sir Lloyd's ability to ride either. But he's said to be quite competent with a sword once he's on his own two feet. Perhaps your Sir Charles is the same way?
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