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The Oxford English Literary HistoryVolume V: 1645-1714: The Later Seventeenth Century$
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Margaret J. M. Ezell

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198183112

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198183112.001.0001

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Heard in the Street: Broadside Ballads

Heard in the Street: Broadside Ballads

III. Heard in the Street: Broadside Ballads
The Oxford English Literary History

Margaret J. M. Ezell

Oxford University Press

Inexpensive broadside ballads were the most ubiquitous literary form during this period, ranging from traditional love songs to didactic warnings about transgressive behaviour to journalistic accounts of contemporary events. Ballads were performed in the streets, purchased for a penny, and posted in public places

Keywords:   broadside, ballads, journalism, love, transgressive behaviours

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