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FOLKSONG AND FOLKSONG SCHOLARSHIP
because they all sound a call for folklore to enter a new era,
an era of strict professionalism, involving a reconsideration of
old methods of analysis and an examination of possible new
ones. It is a call that all folklorists must heed.
I. On a Peak in Massachusetts:
The Literary and Aesthetic Approach
TRISTRAM P. COFFIN
EVEN wrTH THE GUNS of John Greenway primed at my very
flank, I wish to begin by stressing the fact that scholars still
have something to say about the ballad as a literary form. Books
like Albert Lord's The Singer of Tales,' articles like MacEdward
Leach's "The Singer or the Song,"2 and unpublished hypotheses
like those Kenneth Goldstein holds concerning the literate
Scottish folk are fresh winds indeed in the foggy world of poetic
origins and the ballad. But beyond such pioneering studies are
all the things that are yet to be said about the influence of the
broadside versifiers on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century
prosody-that material which Albert Friedman has surveyed
in The Ballad Revival,3 which Vivian de Sola Pinto and Allan
E. Rodway have discussed so brilliantly in the introduction to
The Common Muse,' and on which G. Malcolm Laws is about
to publish. Nor is there yet a definitive study of Negro spirituals,
sentimental song, sea shanties, or musical hall influences. And,
as you will soon be hearing from W. E. Richmond and D. K.
Wilgus, comparative balladry, classification, and commercial
development of folksong themes are virgin tracts. I can think
of a dozen books on the ballad as a literary and aesthetic form
that desperately seek for their author.
However, as America's ballad scholars look forward at
unmapped areas, it might be a mistake to assume that the terri-
tory which Gummere, Gerould, and Pound fought over has
been thoroughly or even competently mapped. It hasn't. And
as one travels these regions class after class, study after study,
Here’s what’s next.
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Boatright, Mody Coggin. A Good Tale and a Bonnie Tune, book, 1964; Dallas, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc38304/m1/209/: accessed November 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Press.