Comparison of Thematic Narration Between English Ballads and Yao’s Folk Songs

Jiansheng YAN


Both English ballads and Yao’s folk songs are the art crystallizations of oral literature. They belong to the model of integrating personal creation with collective creation, reflecting the inner emotional activities and the simple way to record things when human beings living and laboring. The significant characteristics of these songs are non-individualization, non-subjectivity and non self consciousness. This paper made a comparative analysis to thematic narration between English ballads and Yao’s folk songs from four key words of myth, love, hero, and success, explained their similarity, coincidence and unique style, aiming at providing a reference for us to understand the similarities and differences between the two folk literatures.


Parallel research; English popular ballads; Yao’s folk songs; Thematic narration

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