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Tytuł: The English sporting ballad as an expression of Anglican culture

Autor:
Paul Newsham
Język:
EN
Czasopismo:
Studies in Physical Culture and Tourism
Rok:
2012
Tom:
19
Numer:
2
Strona początkowa:
59
Strona końcowa:
67
ISSN:
0867-1079
Słowa kluczowe:
ballad, sporting, English, Puritan, Anglican
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The paper aims to present a study of the English sporting ballad as a sub-genre of the broadside ballad which became popular in the seventeenth century with the spread of cheap printed materials. After necessarily defining the sporting ballad, the roots of the genre will be traced back to the lyrical poetry of the classical civilizations, through the epic poetry of northern European cultures to an example early modern English poetry extolling the virtues of the Cotswold Games. The process by which the growth of participation in mass sports coupled with the emergence of the broadside ballad genre created fertile ground for the English sporting ballad to flourish will also be explained. The songs will then be placed in their historical context as vehicles for the promotion of values identified with Anglican culture and which were anathema to the Puritan or Non-conformist mind. This will be followed by an analysis of a selection of the ballads to illustrate how exactly the types of social behavior which would have been frowned upon in Puritan circles, such as drinking, gambling and the wearing of flamboyant clothing, were regularly celebrated in the ballads.