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Ballads, Legends, and Narrative Folklore

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Tales of Historical Lore Tales (heroes, kings, witches)

  • NARRATIVE POEMS - lyric, sonnet, free verse poem that tells of a particular event or episode as a story.
    • Pied Piper of * Hamelin by Browning
    • A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Moore
    • Little Orphant Annie * by James Whitcomb Riley [1849-1916]
    • The Raggedy Man by James Whitcomb Riley [1849-1916]
    • The Monkeys and the Crocodile by Laura E. Richards
    • The Duel * by Eugene Field [1850-1895]
    • Pirate Don Durk of Dowdee * by Mildred Plew Meigs
    • Custard the * Dragon by Ogden Nash [1902-1971]
    • Shel Silverstein's funny verses [Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Who Would Not Take the Garbage Out, Boa Constrictor, Sick, What If * ]
    • Verse of Jack Prelutsky [Nightmares, Headless Horseman Rides Tonight]
    • Paul Revere's Ride * by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    • The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes

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For a broadened view of folklore, refer to The Folktale by Stith Thompson for tale types and motifs.

For your reading enjoyment, peruse "Folk Tales of the North American Indians" by Stith Thompson. It includes tales categorized by culture group and motif.