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Ballads   By: (1811-1863)

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Ballads by William Makepeace Thackeray is a collection of poems that exhibits the author's versatile literary prowess. Thackeray, known more for his novels, showcases his hidden talent as a poet through this compilation. Although not his most famous work, Ballads highlights Thackeray's ability to captivate readers with his vivid imagery and lyrical style.

One of the strengths of this collection is Thackeray's unique ability to seamlessly blend humor and satire with deep insights into society. His witty and sometimes sarcastic tone adds an extra layer of enjoyment, making the ballads both entertaining and thought-provoking. Whether he is describing the customs of Victorian England, mocking societal norms, or commenting on human nature, Thackeray's quick wit and intelligence shine through.

Additionally, the range of themes explored in Ballads is impressive. Thackeray effortlessly moves from lighthearted stories of love and courtship to scathing critiques of society's ills. One moment, readers may find themselves laughing at the comical escapades of characters, and the next, pondering the darker aspects of human behavior. Thackeray's ability to transition seamlessly between these different moods is a testament to his skill and versatility as a writer.

Another noteworthy aspect of Ballads is Thackeray's masterful use of language. Each poem is carefully crafted, with a rhythmic quality that allows for a smooth and enjoyable reading experience. The flow and cadence of the verses add to the overall charm of the collection, while also emphasizing Thackeray's ability to tell a story through poetry.

However, while Ballads showcases Thackeray's talent as a poet, it may not be his most compelling work. Readers expecting the depth and complexity found in his novels, such as Vanity Fair or The History of Pendennis, may find these ballads a bit lacking. The brevity of each poem leaves less room for character development and intricate plotlines that Thackeray is known for, resulting in a slightly less engaging read.

Overall, Ballads by William Makepeace Thackeray is a collection that demonstrates the author's versatility and wit. With its blend of humor, satire, and social commentary, the book offers a delightful reading experience. While it may not be Thackeray's most memorable work, fans of the author's writing style or those interested in exploring his lesser-known poetic endeavors will find this collection worth their time.

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By William Makepeace Thackeray


The Chronicle of the Drum. Part I Part II Abd el Kader at Toulon; or, The Caged Hawk The King of Brentford's Testament The White Squall Peg of Limavaddy May Day Ode The Ballad of Bouillabaisse The Mahogany Tree The Yankee Volunteers The Pen and the Album Mrs. Katherine's Lantern Lucy's Birthday The Cane Bottom'd Chair Piscator and Piscatrix The Rose upon my Balcony Ronsard to his Mistress At the Church Gate The Age of Wisdom Sorrows of Werther A Doe in the City The Last of May "Ah, Bleak and Barren was the Moor" Song of the Violet Fairy Days Pocahontas From Pocahontas


What makes my Heart to Thrill and Glow? The Ghazul, or, Oriental Love Song: The Rocks The Merry Bard The Caïque My Nora To Mary Serenade The Minaret Bells Come to the Greenwood Tree


A Tragic Story The Chaplet The King on the Tower On a very Old Woman A Credo


Le Roi d'Yvetot The King of Yvetot The King of Brentford Le Grenier The Garret Roger Bontemps Jolly Jack


To his Serving Boy Ad Ministram


The Knightly Guerdon The Almack's Adieu When the Gloom is on the Glen... Continue reading book >>

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